FAQ

How do I apply?
The School of Journalism does not have its own admissions office, so students must apply directly to Stony Brook University. Please visit the admissions office website here.

How can I become part of the School of Journalism?
Once you are enrolled at Stony Brook University, you can start taking journalism courses right away. To declare the major, visit the undergraduate office in the Frank Melville Library, room 4004.

Can I transfer credits from another school?
Yes. Please visit the transfer admissions website for more information here.

What is the minimum grade to remain a major?
All students are required get at least a “C” in a course for the credits to count toward the major.

What about internships?
The major in Journalism requires students to have one on-campus internship (JRN 288) for which they will receive school credit. Students have the opportunity to choose from many campus media outlets including The Statesman,The Stony Brook PressThe IndependentSBU-TV and WUSB Radio, among others.

Though not required, students are strongly encouraged to take off-campus internships (JRN 488), also for credit. Please visit the internship page to see where students have interned here.

A faculty internship coordinator assists students with information on available internships and methods for applying.

Are there scholarships for journalism students?
Yes. The School of Journalism provides scholarship opportunities for both high school students and current students. Current students are eligible for:

  • The Herman Klurfeld Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding junior journalism major who best represents the goals and missions of the School of Journalism. It is named after Herman Klurfeld, a long-time journalist and author.
  • The Robert and Rhoda Amon Scholarship is awarded to a qualified student who has demonstrated a commitment to written journalism and has excelled in class. Rhoda Amon was an outstanding reporter at Newsday for four decades.
  • The Harvey Aronson and Irene Virag Scholarship for Narrative Journalism is awarded to a junior or senior who is a journalism major or minor, who demonstrates exceptional talent, dedication, and promise, and who excels in writing long-form narrative journalism.
  • The Lee Lutz Scholarship was established by John Tsunis and is awarded to one School of Journalism student each year. The $4,000 scholarship is paired with a summer internship with the Times Beacon Record Newspapers.
  • The Jeanine Rescigno Scholarship is a $500 prize for exceptional in-depth reporting by a non-traditional student and  will be awarded this spring in memory of Jeanine A. Rescigno. Rescigno was an outstanding student journalist who died Jan. 24, 2011 in a car crash.
  • The Carol Chernow Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding junior or senior journalism major who has demonstrated excellence in telling stories through the written word, who exhibits high potential as a professional journalist and writer, and who has demonstrated financial need.
  • The Matthew T. Crosson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior journalism major who has demonstrated a desire to pursue a career in journalism with a significant interest in public affairs and advancing public discourse.
  • The HealthDay Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding junior, senior or graduate student in the School of Journalism who is interested in pursuing a career in health or science journalism.
  • The Michael S. Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate journalism student who will be participating in the School of Journalism’s Journalism Without Walls program, which takes student journalists overseas to report, write and produce print and multimedia journalism.
  • The Fritzi Weinstein Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding female journalism major who has demonstrated tenacity and persistence in her reporting. Through her work, the candidate must demonstrate enterprise reporting and ingenuity, a passion for working in the public interest and the ability to overcome obstacles in completing her assignments.

Are there any programs available to high school students?
The Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists offers a free weeklong journalism “boot camp” for high school journalists, where they learn the fundamentals of reporting, writing, shooting editing and photography for print, online and broadcast journalism.

Are Stony Brook journalism students getting jobs?
Yes, at many media outlets including ABC News, CBS2 News, Newsday, Southampton Press. See more.

Where can I get more information about my course of study and future?
If you have any specific questions, you can contact School of Journalism at journalism@stonybrook.edu, or call the office at (631) 632-7403.