JOURNALISM PROGRAM

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overview

St. John Paul the Great spoke of Journalism as a “sacred” task to promote truth and the common good. At JPCatholic, you can discover the higher calling of journalism and acquire the skills to excel in a rapidly changing news industry. You will acquire a disciplined approach to acquiring, analyzing, and crafting news stories. You’ll have the ability to tell those stories through print, online, and television. The Journalism concentration also gives you the opportunity to get get hands-on experience in TV Production. At the end of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to apply all you‘ve learned in your senior capstone project, a major expose.

journalism curriculum

In the Journalism program, you will master the tools for objective fact gathering and become proficient in the techniques of modern investigative reporting. You’ll learn statistical analysis, rigorous interviewing techniques, how to comprehend the work of experts, and other vital skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century news industry.

Once the facts have been gathered and assessed, you’ll be taught how to construct crisp and compelling stories for multiple formats. You’ll have all the skills you need to serve the truth and excel in your career as a journalist.

Despite the rise in the popularity of digital news sources, Pew Research finds that Local and Network news experienced audience growth in 2015. Television news is still one of the most relied upon sources for breaking news stories. In JPCatholic’s Journalism Program, you’ll get hands-on experience in TV studio production.

You’ll be trained in pre-production, production, and post-production processes involved in field television production. Topics include field camera set-up and operation, field audio, television directing, and in-camera or basic continuity editing with an emphasis on underlying principles of video technology.

At the end of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to apply all you've learned in your senior capstone project, a major investigative expose. It’s an opportunity for you to gain real experience fully employing all of tools and techniques of investigative reporting. It will provide you with a signature piece to show employers which will be illustrative of your competence and ability to do major investigative work.

core curriculum

Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more

Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.

Grow in faith and understanding, with a rich sequence of coursework in Scripture, Theology, and Philosophy.

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what makes us different?

our authentically catholic community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

our small campus environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who have worked at Pixar, Warner Bros., Disney, and Hanna-Barbera Studio

graduate in 3 years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

located in san diego county

John Paul the Great Catholic University is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.

Meet the Faculty

  • Worked at the Paramount Studios for Entertainment Tonight in the post-production department.
  • Won awards for TV Production– including 4 Telly awards and a Cable ACE Award
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  • Received PhD in Political Philosophy and American government and researches issues related to the common good, rhetoric, corruption and civic renewal, and the reciprocal relationships between our understanding of nature, human beings, and media and technology.
  • Worked in a regional political consulting company and spent three years as Vice President of Grant Evaluation, Inc.
  • A television broadcast executive with demonstrated experience across a broad range of disciplines with significant experience in the development and execution of strategic plans, team building and personnel management, fundraising, project management, and community relations.
  • Co-founded a broadcast television station and managed multiple TV studios, as well as large editorial, production, operations and engineering staff.
  • Worked as a studio director at CNN; served as a member of the White House Press Corps and traveled extensively with President Reagan during his term.
  • Has his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters degree from the Arizona State University.
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TOM DUNN

MATT PETERSON

KEVIN CULBERtSON

Professor of Film Production

Professor of Media Politics and Culture

Professor of Business

  • Worked as a broadcast journalist at Fox affiliate WSVN in Miami, Florida and later at CBS News.
  • Served as writer-director for Revolution of Hope, a 2007 documentary about the orphan crisis in Romania.
  • Her vocation has taken her from Eastern Europe to Mexico to Southeast Asia–and, most recently, to Los Angeles where she now works as a writer and media consultant.
  • A principal consultant with JFM Global Associate.
  • Has more than 35 years of professional experience in project management, accounting, leadership, change management, organizational effectiveness, quality management systems, quality auditing, Six Sigma, performance measurements, lean enterprise methodology, ISO standards and business management.
  • His work at Solar Turbines Inc. was instrumental in the organization receiving the Malcolm Baldrige Performance Excellence Award in 1998.
  • Holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the City University of New York and has completed graduate work at USIU in international relations and marketing and also holds several professional certifications

LAURI DEASON

JOE MIGNONE

Professor of Marketing

Professor of Business

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overview

St. John Paul the Great spoke of Journalism as a “sacred” task to promote truth and the common good. At JPCatholic, you can discover the higher calling of journalism and acquire the skills to excel in a rapidly changing news industry. You will acquire a disciplined approach to acquiring, analyzing, and crafting news stories. You’ll have the ability to tell those stories through print, online, and television. The Journalism concentration also gives you the opportunity to get get hands-on experience in TV Production. At the end of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to apply all you‘ve learned in your senior capstone project, a major expose.

  • research, writing, and reporting

    In the Journalism program, you will master the tools for objective fact gathering and become proficient in the techniques of modern investigative reporting. You’ll learn statistical analysis, rigorous interviewing techniques, how to comprehend the work of experts, and other vital skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century news industry.

    Once the facts have been gathered and assessed, you’ll be taught how to construct crisp and compelling stories for multiple formats. You’ll have all the skills you need to serve the truth and excel in your career as a journalist.

  • tv production

    Despite the rise in the popularity of digital news sources, Pew Research finds that Local and Network news experienced audience growth in 2015. Television news is still one of the most relied upon sources for breaking news stories. In JPCatholic’s Journalism Program, you’ll get hands-on experience in TV studio production.

    You’ll be trained in pre-production, production, and post-production processes involved in field television production. Topics include field camera set-up and operation, field audio, television directing, and in-camera or basic continuity editing with an emphasis on underlying principles of video technology.

  • applied experience

    At the end of the program, you’ll have the opportunity to apply all you've learned in your senior capstone project, a major investigative expose. It’s an opportunity for you to gain real experience fully employing all of tools and techniques of investigative reporting. It will provide you with a signature piece to show employers which will be illustrative of your competence and ability to do major investigative work.