Journalism Communication

  • GU Possibilities
    • Gannon University’s student-operated radio station, 90.5 WERG-FM, was the national champion in two categories at the annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference in 2017, and for the third consecutive year, a finalist for the Best College Station in the Nation award, an honor the station received in 2014.
    • For 2015-16, The Gannon Knight, the University’s student-produced weekly newspaper, was named the Most Outstanding University Newspaper for schools with enrollments of 2,500-plus as well as receiving a first-place award in the annual American Scholastic Press Association contest.
    • Located in the Center for Communication and the Arts, the program has access to the resources of all of the University’s communication, media and arts faculty and technology under one roof. Students benefit from the synergy this co-location provides.

    You Will Learn

    The journalism communication program in the School of Communication and the Arts enables students to master journalistic skills in news and multiplatform digital media as well as traditional media. Students acquire the reporting, writing, speaking and design skills needed to work successfully in each medium, and also tackle theoretical and ethical issues confronting today’s media.

    Students complete practicum classes and pursue internship opportunities where classroom learning is put into practice. The Gannon Knight, with a weekly print edition and a redesigned website, coupled with 90.5 WERG-FM and, Gannon’s own 3,000-watt and web streaming station, provide students with valuable hands-on experience. The University also boasts full TV production, digital editing and multimedia studios used for student instruction.

    You Will Experience

    Journalism communication majors have broad opportunities for internships including:

    • Downtown Cultural District – Erie Arts and Culture, Erie Art Museum, Erie Insurance Arena  
    • Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority  
    • Fortune 500 companies – Erie Insurance, GE Transportation  
    • local broadcast affiliates of national networks – ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and NPR  
    • local radio stations – with formats including: country, contemporary hits, mainstream rock and top 40  
    • local print and online publications, including the Erie Times-News, the Erie Reader and Lake Erie LifeStyle magazine  
    • health care – Erie VA Medical Center, UPMC Hamot, Saint Vincent Hospital  
    • professional sports teams – Erie BayHawks, Erie Otters, Erie SeaWolves  
    • SafeNet Erie, a social service organization  

    You Will Achieve

    Students graduating with a degree in journalism communication have the opportunity to enter a variety of career fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • advertising producers and copywriters          
    • broadcast and sound engineering technicians        
    • corporate communications and marketing        
    • film and video editors and camera operators        
    • online and print news, sports and features/entertainment reporters and editors        
    • online and print page designers and layout artists           
    • photojournalists  
    • play-by-play sports  
    • broadcasters and analysts  
    • public relations managers and specialists        
    • radio broadcasters, program directors, copywriters and audio editors          
    • technical writers  
    • television commercial copywriters, production editors and on-air reporters  

    You will Study

    Journalism communication students will take courses in English, communication arts and electronic media. Students gain practical, hands-on, real-life experience through required practica and a recommended internship, as well as through participating in Gannon’s various student-run media outlets. Journalism communication majors take various core and elective courses including:

    COMM 216: Advanced/Specialized Reporting

    In this course, students spend much of their time inside venues where news occurs. Students cover criminal trials, City Council, school board meetings and other live events, and then turn those events into stories. They also have the opportunity to meet and interview leaders in the criminal justice, local government and environmental fields to sharpen their reporting skills and further their knowledge.

    COM 252: Photojournalism

    This course introduces students to the principles of photojournalism. Students study and practice photojournalism techniques, with consideration of the ethical issues involved with creating and using visual images.

    COMM 356: Digital Graphics

    In this course students explore the balance between technology and design, learning basic design principles and the basics of Adobe Photoshop and digital image manipulation. Projects include tinting, repairing and adjusting photographs, illustrating digital poetry, tabletop photography and both print and digital advertising design.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $38,100
    • Mid-career salary: $67,700

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (