Program Overview

The Journalism Certificate Program trains students to be 21st-century thinkers, writers and media professionals. Journalism today is engulfed in change. Online technology and citizen journalism are altering how journalists gather, report and convey information, and students need to be ready.

Our instructors, many of whom are working journalists, combine lessons on reporting, interviewing and writing skills with discussions on how to use new media to convey information. The program, approved through the SUNY system, begins by teaching the fundamentals of reporting, writing, editing and producing stories for print, online and broadcast journalism. Introductory courses teach students where to go for information, how to conduct interviews and produce accurate and clear pieces on deadline. Advanced courses focus on feature, opinion and online writing, and the possibilities the web and video offer. The program is interdisciplinary and offers courses from the English, Media Study and Communication departments.

Our award-winning instructors serve as mentors and take time beyond class hours to assist students. UB has produced numerous successful journalists including CNN's Wolf Blitzer (1999, 1970), CNN Senior Producer Pam Benson (1976), NPR's Terry Gross (1972), and Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Tom Toles (2002, 1973) and has an active alumni network to help students get jobs. The program is housed in the English department.

The Journalism Certificate Program continues to add courses and to grow every semester.


Twelve students -- including five Spectrum editors -- participated in UB's Winter Abroad course Foreign Journalism in Berlin over winter break. Watch for their articles about their trip in an upcoming Spectrum issue.

The Journalism Program is sponsoring the 4th annual Rosalind Jarrett Sepulveda Journalism Education Award contest. The contest will send two students to NYC to attend the College Media Association's Spring Journalism Conference March 12-14. The winners will receive two nights at the Sheraton NY, plus registration for the conference and travel funds. The contest is open to all students interested in journalism and media.

Students who wish to apply should send resumes, a cover letter and three examples of work to Jody Biehl by Feb. 23.

Over 1,000 journalists, journalism professors and students will attend the four-day media convention. Students will meet and mingle with professionals, learn from the nation's top media thinkers and meet students from across the country.



The Spectrum is always looking for new writers, cartoonists, photographers and videographers. If you are interested in working for New York's second-largest independent newspaper, contact Aaron Mansfield, editor in chief (


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    Contact Us

    Journalism Certificate Program
    311 Clemens Hall
    North Campus
    Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

    Phone: 716.645.0669
    Fax: 716.645.5980

    Program Director:
    Jody Kleinberg Biehl

The Journalism Certificate Program