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  • Locations: New York, United States
  • Program Terms: December
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Prerequisite: Only students in the College of Communication are eligible to apply Study Abroad Contact: Elizabeth Hall
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
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New York Journalism provides journalism majors an immersion into the practices of a wide range of newsrooms in New York City, as well as an exploration of how these news organizations produce stories that engage and impact the communities they cover.

Students will visit newsrooms, network with professionals, and explore each news organization's work, audience engagement, ethical perspectives and business opportunities. The course will introduce students to many possible applications for their journalism degree, and help them analyze and create professional-quality journalism.

New York Journalism includes travel and coursework over a two-week period that corresponds with December Intersession. Students begin with class meetings in Chicago, then travel to New York for three days of newsroom visits. When they return, students develop and deliver presentations on the insights gained from the experience.


Amy Merrick teaches courses in multimedia journalism, magazine reporting, business reporting, news reporting and feature writing in the College of Communication. She also advises 14 East, DePaul's online magazine, and the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She has twice received the Excellence in Teaching award.

She is a former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and her work has been published in the Poynter Institute’s Best Newspaper Writing series.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course JOUR 398/598: New York Journalism
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2020
Class meetings 1 meeting in November in Chicago
3 days in December in New York City
2 meetings in December in Chicago
Taught by Amy Merrick
Course description This course will provide an immersion into the practices of newsrooms in New York City and an exploration of how these news organizations produce stories that engage and impact the communities they cover. The course will introduce students to applications for their journalism degree and help them analyze and create professional-quality journalism.
Additional course information Notice: This program is only open to College of Communication students.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students will have shared bedrooms in a budget hotel.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Travel in pairs and get to know people from your group- it makes the trip much more enjoyable!
  • Plan to spend a decent amount of money on food and drink while you’re there because New York is quite expensive.
  • Although it is the cheapest way to get around, the subway can be confusing. Pay attention and ask the metro workers for help if necessary, because they are generally really friendly.
  • Do your research prior to going. Look into the agencies you will visit, research the neighborhood they are in and what is around them.
  • Make and bring business cards!
  • Create a list of things you want to see/when you want to see them.
  • Make a budget and follow it, as it can be easy to spend a lot during free time activities.
  • There is a lot of walking, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes!
  • Be friendly and communicate amongst your peers and the different people you meet—networking is key!
  • Be open minded. You’ll be learning about a lot of different career paths in communication.
  • Enjoy the NYC cuisine and challenge your palette with different types of dishes.
  • Get familiar with the MTA transportation system!
  • Visit Central Park.
  • Ask questions about anything and everything.
  • Be proactive about purchasing your plane tickets to save money.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.