Welcome to the Department of Journalism

Our mission is to educate students and provide leadership in an evolving media landscape by promoting excellence, integrity, creativity and social responsibility in telling the stories of a multicultural world.






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Why Study Journalism at San Francisco State University?

The department hosts three student-run and managed publications: Golden Gate Xpress, an online newspaper that covers the campus community and the Bay Area, and Xpress Magazine, which is published online and in print.

Our faculty provide instruction that requires students to demonstrate a working knowledge of the skills, laws, ethics, power and responsibilities of the news media.

Our program's skills courses are to help students become accurate and thorough researchers; incisive thinkers who can gauge the quality of information; precise, clear and graceful writers; technically, aesthetically fine photojournalists; and competent digital technologists.

Get Involved and Build Success


We have a robust advising team and encourage all our students to meet with a faculty advisor regularly to guide you through your academic successes.

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Student Publications

Xpress Publications and its staff members are dedicated to providing an independent and accurate information source for the San Francisco State University campus and the greater Bay Area community.

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Internships are a great way to explore a field, get work experience, publish work and make professional connections.  The Department of Journalism encourages every student complete at least one internship.

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The Department of Journalism offers several scholarship opportunities to our students.

Learn more about Scholarships



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