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Communication FAQ
  1. What is convergent journalism?
  2. Why should I choose Georgian Court University for a degree in convergent journalism?
  3. What subjects/skills will I learn in the convergent journalism major?
  4. What is public relations?
  5. Why should I choose Georgian Court University for a degree in public relations?
  6. What subjects/skills will I learn in the public relations major?
  7. What if a class I want is full?
  8. What if I want to add a class?
  9. What are my chances of graduating in four years?
  10. How can I be sure I am taking my Communication classes in the right order?
  11. Can I minor in Communication?
  12. What If I do not complete my internship in time for May graduation?


What is convergent journalism?

A new area of journalism practice, convergent journalism is also called digital journalism, multimedia journalism, online journalism, etc. The name may differ, but the idea is the same: we cannot afford to teach journalism that focuses on individual platforms such as print vs. broadcast.

Having separate tracks in journalism education is a reflection of how the "old" journalism industry has been structured – newspaper is newspaper, TV is TV, and photo is photo. However, with Internet and digital technologies, the demarcation between the traditional sectors is being done away with – nowadays a reporter is expected to write articles, shoot photos and videos, and be versed with web tools. Top

Why should I choose Georgian Court University for a degree in convergent journalism?

Among all the universities and colleges in New Jersey, GCU is one of the selected few that offer dedicated courses in convergent journalism. Students studying in the convergent Journalism track of our Communication program receive a thorough education in the field. They acquire conceptual knowledge and technical skills preparing them for a vast array of professions in areas of digital information gathering and distribution. Top

What subjects/skills will I learn in the convergent journalism major?

The journalism program at GCU is fully integrated with digital/multimedia journalism, and also offers conventional journalism trainings in both print and broadcast. In additional to up-to-date digital journalism skills, students will take courses in news writing and reporting, video field production, broadcast journalism, multimedia communication (e.g., web design, desktop publishing, animation), as well as other communication and journalism courses. Top

What is public relations?

Public relations is a planned process of two-way communication used to influence public opinion and achieve mutual understanding between an organization and its publics. The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) states: "public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics." Top

Why should I choose Georgian Court University for a degree in public relations?

Students studying public relations (PR) at GCU have access to a variety of courses, receive hands-on instruction and are exposed to an array of practices that model real-world situations. The goal of the program is for students to become effective communicators and achieve the skills necessary to foster a successful career within any area of the many PR functions in the public and private sector or to further study in the field. Top

What subjects/skills will I learn in the public relations major?

The public relations (PR) concentration at GCU offers PR courses from "Introduction to PR," where students learn fundamental theories and concepts, to our advanced "PR Campaigns" course, where students learn PR management and the step-by-step process of planning, implementing, and evaluating a successful PR campaign. Other courses include "Event Planning", "PR Writing" and "Multimedia Communication." All courses emphasize ethical and social responsibility. Top

What if a class I want is full?

You have several choices. The class may have many sections; you can look for an open section of that class that fits into your schedule, and register for that section. If that doesn’t work, you can select a class from the list of alternates that your advisor has approved. Top

What if I want to add a class?

You just need to log into your Student Service account, click on register for traditional class, then type in the class you wish to register for and add the class. You can register for classes for the first couple of weeks of the semester. Top

What are my chances of graduating in four years?

Your chances are very high depending on certain factors. You must have 120 credit hours to graduate on time. You should take at least 15 credits per semester. You need 90 credits to register for graduation. You can also take summer courses which can help make sure you can graduate on time. Top

How can I be sure I am taking my Communication classes in the right order?

Meet with your advisor and decide about the classes you want to take, and you advisor will let you know what semester the courses you are interested in will be offered. You should then follow the order your advisor has told you. Top

Can I minor in Communication?

Yes you can minor in Communication no matter which major you are in. You need to take a minimum of 18 credits to minor in Communication. You should discuss with a Communication advisor to ask what courses you should take. Top

What If I do not complete my internship in time for May graduation?

You can still walk in May for graduation if you have not completed your internship in time. There are few steps you just have to complete. First you should discuss and tell your advisor about not having an internship in time. Second you can do your internship in the summer of your graduation. You just need to fill out a form asking the school for permission to allow you to walk with one course missing. Once you received your acceptance letter from the school stating that you are allowed to walk, you will then sign up for your internship class in the summer. Top

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