Our School

A Message From the Dean

Dean Howard Schneider

Dean Howard Schneider

The media world is in the midst of transformation. Digital technology is spawning a flood of information—and disinformation—every day. Never before has there been a greater need for passionate, independent-minded, versatile and well-trained journalism graduates.

Stony Brook’s School of Journalism is ideally positioned to fill that need. It was created specifically to prepare you for a dynamic and evolving multi-media future, beginning first and foremost with training as an enterprising news reporter, and then with advanced skills in video, online and social media applications.

You will learn to write stories for all mediums, take photos, shoot and edit video, anchor a newscast and build news websites. The result is that you will be prepared for multiple careers.

You also will work closely with outstanding faculty, including Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winners, who have been working journalists at some of the top news outlets in the nation. Our skills classes are limited to a maximum of 18 students.

Stony Brook’s proximity to New York City, the media capital of the world, means that you will have the opportunity to secure internships both on Long Island and in Manhattan, as well as visit top news organizations each month as part of the school’s “Professional Fridays” program. You also will have the opportunity to report from around the world, as part of the school’s “Journalism Without Walls” course that already has sent students on reporting trips to China, Russia, Cuba, Turkey and Kenya.

The world may be rapidly changing, but the reasons for choosing a journalism career are the same as when I made my choice 40 years ago: it’s exciting, and journalists can still change the world.

— Dean Howard Schneider

About the School

The Stony Brook School of Journalism was established in September 2006. It is the first and only Journalism School in the SUNY public higher-education system.

In addition to its core undergraduate and masters programs, the school operates three Centers: The Center for News Literacy, which has developed a pioneering course in News Literacy for news consumers; the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, which prepares the next generation of international correspondents; and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, which trains current and future scientists to communicate more effectively with the public. Founding Dean Howard Schneider is the former editor of Newsday.

Our Vision

To advance the public interest in a dramatically-changing world by educating journalists, public communicators and news consumers to value and transmit information that adheres to the highest standards of clarity, accuracy and reliability.