The Department of

Journalism and Media Studies

At the USF St. Petersburg Department of Journalism and Media Studies, we’re dedicated to educating journalists and professional communicators who can report and interpret news and information with skill, responsibility and social consciousness. We stress innovative, community-oriented coverage of public life, seeking out news and issues that touch the lives of ordinary citizens. We embrace the world of digital communication, where everyone is both a consumer and producer of content. Our coursework encompasses theory, law and ethics alongside visual communication, technology and community engagement.

The department offers an undergraduate degree, a face-to-face masters degree, a fully-online masters degree, and a graduate certificate in food writing and photography. Undergraduate students can also minor in Journalism and Media Studies.


Disruptions: Past, Present & Waiting Around the Corner at Nelson Poynter Library Thursday, September 11

Andrew Thornhill, a nationally-recognized expert on broadcast and digital media, will discuss digital technology and storytelling. He’ll touch on the FCC spectrum auction, ATSC 3.0 and digital channels. The event will include opportunities to learn how to tell stories and be heard all across the digital world. Mr. Thornhill has traveled to many universities in […]

  • Neighborhood News Bureau

    Neighbors is a project built and maintained by students at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies.

  • Undergraduate & Graduate Programs

    All programs allow for individually tailored approaches to journalism studies to accommodate the backgrounds and interests of our students.

    The programs stress intellectually stimulating seminar-style classes taught by professors and adjunct faculty with strong academic credentials and professional experience. All skills classes enroll no more than 20 students.

  • Food Writing & Photography Graduate Certificate

    With a graduate certificate in Food Writing and Photography from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, you’ll be equipped to handle culinary media in whatever field benefits you. Writers, reporters, photographers, marketers, entrepreneurs and industry professionals all have something to gain.