Want to know the real story and make real change? More than ever before, today’s world needs media professionals with integrity and a passion for balanced and accurate reporting. As an RMC journalism minor, you’ll learn about the important role of mass media in society today; how ethical dilemmas arise and are solved; and the conditions in which fake news develops and is mistaken for legitimate information. A journalism minor is a valuable complement to any RMC liberal arts degree and demonstrates your strong storytelling and digital literacy skills to future employers and graduate schools. 

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In and Beyond the Classroom

Two journalism students smiling with a video camera on a tripod

High-Impact Internships

Internships are a critical part of training to be a journalist, and RMC students fine tune their reporting skills in our network of internships that immerse you in the field and often, let you see your name in print!e. Recent RMC journalism minors have interned at: 

  • Creative Media Agency
  • Virginia Capitol Connections Magazine
  • Virginia Living Magazine
  • WTVR, CBS6 News, Richmond
  • WCVE-TV (PBS), Richmond
  • WJLA-TV, Washington DC

Hands-on Learning

How do you learn news reporting? By becoming a reporter. In Advanced News Writing (JOUR 375), you’ll discover the inner workings of a newsroom and work as a student reporter for the Randolph-Macon College Student News Service. As a reporter, you’re assigned to a specific beat and tasked with writing bi-weekly stories. When you’re not reporting, you become a copy editor, fact checker, and news budget creator for stories written by fellow student reporters. 

Advising and mentorship

As a journalism minor, you can count on the one-on-one support from your faculty, who’ve been practitioners of the craft.  They will act as helpful guides and mentors for developing your reporting, writing and research skills, and helping you develop a pathway to your career. 

  • 8
    seconds – length of time you have to get a reader’s attention
  • 82%
    of U.S. adults say they often or sometimes get news from a digital device
  • 1.2M
    viewers on average tune in to PBS NewsHour

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Courses You Won’t Want to Miss

(A very small sample)

JOUR 202

Media and Society

Examine how American media, including print and electronic journalism, impacts society. Explore the intersection of media, business, technology, and law for a complete picture of mass media’s social impact. 


Communication Law & Ethics

Explore the ethical issues involving news media and other mass media such as entertainment, advertising, and public relations. Analyze current lawsuits involving political figures or celebrities, and discuss current media-related ethical dilemmas to decide what you would do in the same situations.


Feature Writing

Learn to write feature stories, conduct interviews, and submit articles for publication to magazines or online venues, and get your work published in print or online. 

Opportunities Worth Grabbing

Popular activities and programs among journalism minors

The Yellow Jacket Newspaper

Established in 1915, it’s now published online.

Stinger Radio and podcast society

Available via internet radio all over the world!

From Here To What you can do with a Journalism minor from RMC.

Fenton Crowther Davis '13

Fenton Crowther ’13

Sr. Cultural Impact Specialist
The Martin Agency

“Randolph-Macon helped kick-start my career in so many ways, from the education that I received to the connections I made along the way. My J-term internship with alum Susan Quinn at circle S studio gave me first-hand experience in the world of marketing and communications, solidifying the career path that I wanted to pursue. Many of the people that I met during my time there have continued to serve as mentors and connect me with additional career opportunities. As a student, I worked in special events in the College Advancement Office which led to a full-time position after graduation affording me the opportunity to gain even more professional experience in a setting where I already felt at home. When I decided I wanted to further my education and pursue a master’s degree in PR at VCU, my journalism professor, Mary Ann Owens, was an invaluable resource. Randolph-Macon’s network of professors, staff, and alumni are committed to opening up so many doors for students – even beyond graduation.”

Dory Jackson ’16

Associate Editor TV
PEOPLE magazine/PEOPLE.com

Victoria Lewan ’19

Marketing Senior Associate

Will Pohlmann ’20

Manager, Partnership Marketing
Richmond Kickers

Bryan Diehr ’21

Director of Athletic Communication
Randolph-Macon College

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