Jun 07, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism and Public Relations

Department Chair: Jennifer Fleming
Office: Liberal Arts 4 (LA4) Room 106
Telephone: (562) 985‑4981
Website: http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments/journalism/

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn

Faculty: Trevor Bell, Jolyn Brookes, Christopher Burnett, Emma Daugherty, Holly Ferris, Jennifer Fleming, Todd Henneman, Heloiza Herscovitz, Robin Jones, Christopher Karadjov, Barbara Kingsley-Wilson, Peter Larsen, Gary Metzker, Jennifer Newton, Danny Paskin, Teresa Puente, Nick Roman, Soumitro Sen, Gwen Shaffer​​

Administrative Support Coordinator: Nesha Saucier

Administrative Support Assistant: Ana Canela

Technology Coordinator: Dan Olsen

Librarian: Carol Perruso

Career Possibilities

Journalist • Public Relations Specialist • Digital Content Creator • Editor • Marketing Communications Professional • Multimedia Storyteller • Publicist • Editor • Photojournalist • Reporter • Social Media Manager • Television Producer • Sports Writer • Designer • Photographer • Special Events Coordinator • Newscaster • Copy Writer • Critic • Technical Writer • Proofreader • Communications Manager • Public Information Officer • Strategic Communications Expert • Magazine Writer • Podcaster


The Department of Journalism & Public Relations, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC), offers undergraduate programs that prepare students for careers in journalism, public relations and other media, editorial and storytelling-related industries. Students take courses that provide both a strong theoretical foundation and hands-on training in the skills they need to be successful communications professionals in the 21st century.

Throughout their coursework, journalism and public relations students have the opportunity to work as writers, editors, reporters, producers, designers and photographers at campus media affiliated with the department: the Daily 49er, DIG Magazine, and 22 West Media. Students also serve as account supervisors, creative directors, art directors, copywriters, event planners and social media managers on the Bateman Case Study Competition Team. The Bateman Case Study Competition is the prestigious national collegiate contest for public relations students.

The department is home to four active student organizations: National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America and Society of Professional Journalists. The department also sponsors special events for students, including Journalism & Public Relations Day each spring.

All majors are required to complete at least one internship. Internship opportunities are abundant in Southern California, one of the nation’s largest media markets.  In addition, the department is part of the CSULB College of Liberal Arts Career Readiness and Internship Program. Students in search of internships and professional development workshops such as resume writing and interview preparation can utilize their services along with the resources of the CSULB Career Development Center.


    Undergraduate DegreesMinor



      General Education Category A must be completed prior to taking any upper-division course except upper-division language courses where students meet formal prerequisites and/or competency equivalent for advanced study.