Research within the Department of Journalism is unique. A student studying the humanities or sciences might conduct undergraduate research with a faculty member in the hopes of presenting his or her findings at a conference or in a peer-reviewed journal. In journalism, research results are packaged into a series of in-depth reports that investigate a particular public affairs issue.
Students often work under Tom Mullen, director of public affairs journalism, as they navigate topics of local, regional and national interest. Recent students have researched and written packages of stories on crumbling bridges in Richmond and the city’s unsolved murders. Both packages were ultimately published in City Edition, a local newspaper.
Additional research opportunities are available for students enrolled in an independent study course. Independent research with the assistance of a faculty member is an excellent way to explore a particular area of journalism while earning academic credit.
Many students find that the relationship they build with a faculty mentor while pursuing their independent research strengthens their commitment to pursuing the study of journalism at the graduate level.