Journalism & Public Relations

J&PR – The Write Major

Interested in telling compelling stories – whatever the platform? Want a skill set that will get you a great job in a wide range of fields?

J&PR offers options in NEWS and PUBLIC RELATIONSboth of which focus on storytelling across multiple communication platforms, from traditional media, to social media, to visual media.

Our program emphasizes these core skills:

  • Information gathering
  • Interviewing
  • Writing
  • Editing and accuracy
  • Visual storytelling
  • Strategy and critical thinking

And these core values:

  • Innovation & adaptation
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Ethics & equity
  • Free speech & democratic ideals
  • Collaboration & leadership

See what our students accomplish:

Tehama Group Communications

Tehama Group Communications – A student-managed, full-service public relations agency with on-site consultants offering communications research and planning for up to nine clients per semester.

The Orion
The Orion
 – A student-run, award-winning news organization that features multi-platform daily breaking news online and social media coverage of the Chico State community.

Student Work

Students create a range of skills-based work for professional portfolios.

J&PR students create portfolios that include projects from the numerous applied skills and visual storytelling classes offered in the department.


Kayla Fitzgerald and Julia Maldonado

J&PR continues to build on its reputation as a professional skills-based program, with its students winning awards and being selected for competitive scholarships, internships and other honors each year.


Internship examplesStudents are required to complete at least one faculty-supervised internship before graduation. These hands-on learning experiences provide leadership opportunities and prepare students for industry.

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Check out the cutting-edge collaborative work
J&PR students helped create for Lundberg Family Farms(opens in new window)

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Have a project idea?
Contact Debra Johnson.

Information on enrollment,
as well as graduation and retention rates:

Public Accountability

Nationally Accredited

J&PR has been accredited
by ACEJMC since 1996 and
was re-accredited in 2016.