Curiosity never really killed the cat.

Mount Mercy University’s journalism program cultivates your inquisitive side, teaching you how to ask the right questions and communicate information in a concise, appealing way.

With Mount Mercy’s major or minor in journalism, you’ll learn excellent writing and communication skills, basics in layout and design, law, photography, and editing. Dedicated faculty who work actively in the fast-paced world of journalism will be your mentors, coaching you in the professional and ethical standards crucial to securing your first beat.

Embrace your inner logophile. Along with in-class practice, journalism students gain valuable interviewing, writing, editing and design layout experience with the university’s award-winning newspaper, the Mount Mercy Times. Feed your creative writing and editing skills with Mount Mercy’s arts and literary magazine, Paha Review. And students often freelance for the Cedar Rapids Gazette, working with and gaining tips from professional writers and editors, as well as contribute work to Iowa Watch.

Add deeper focus to your area of study with the addition of a second major or minor. Popular complimentary programs to journalism include political science, environmental justice, English, international studies, history or criminal justice.

Writing scholarships are available to any student with a passion for the arts.

What can I do with a degree in journalism?

Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts in journalism often pursue careers as newspaper journalists, writers and editors, or enter other professional writing fields including advertising or corporate writing. Mount Mercy alumni work in fields like:

  • Public relations
  • Script writing
  • Professional writing
  • Freelance writing
  • Marketing
  • Grant writing
  • Newspaper reporting and editing
  • Advertising

Those are just a few examples. Our alumni say Mount Mercy is the top school for journalism in Iowa:

“Thanks to my journalism and communication professors at Mount Mercy, I was able to grow as both a student and person throughout my years there. Also, perhaps most importantly, my years spent as an editor on the Mount Mercy Times offered me invaluable experience for my future. Wherever my career may take me, I will always use the skills learned in the classroom and by being a part of the newspaper staff.”

Madison Jones '14, Email Marketing Coordinator, Meredith Corporation