The Department of Journalism has various programs for students to get involved and gain experience. Through these programs students have the opportunity to gain quality experience in the field of journalism and jumpstart their career as a journalist. Check out the information below on the different programs offered by the Department of Journalism.


Bob Schieffer College of Communication in Washington

Bob Schieffer, sitting at the short end of a U-shaped desk, moderates a student exercise

Bob Schieffer moderates a class exercise at The Washington Center as part of the Schieffer College in Washington program.

In the Department of Journalism’s Washington, D.C. internship program, a select group of junior and senior students spends the fall semester in the nation’s capital.

By taking courses in the fall catalog of The Washington Center, students can earn additional hours toward their TCU degrees.

Students live in the residential facilities of The Washington Center near Union Station unless other arrangements are made and approved by the Department of Journalism.

There is no difference in tuition for this program than what would typically be incurred on campus; however, housing expenses and the cost of living are higher in Washington.

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Schieffer Summer Camp

June 4 – 16, 2023

During the Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp at TCU, young aspiring journalists learn to create news stories across multiple media platforms. The two-week intensive program is open to high school students as well as incoming first-year students who have been admitted into TCU and to the journalism major.

The program is designed to be an immersive experience in a college environment. It is directed by members of the journalism faculty, media professionals from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and students in TCU Journalism. It offers high school students the opportunity to produce content for the Web, broadcast and print.

Hands-on experience, top-notch facilities

Schieffer Journalism campers work in the Department of Journalism’s all-digital newsroom and $1.5 million HD broadcast news studio. They learn how to generate story ideas, which they then report and develop into news stories. The students fan out across the TCU campus, perhaps writing about peer camps in other disciplines, or other topics of interest, such as college admission.

Students engage with faculty and visiting professionals in both classroom and lab settings, in groups and one-on-one. They have the opportunity to anchor newscasts and produce video packages.

Get the full TCU experience

The program is designed to give students a real-life experience on a college campus. They live in TCU’s modern residence halls, eat at the Brown Lupton University Union and take advantage of other TCU facilities like the recreation center. The counselors are students enrolled in the Department of Journalism. Officers from TCU’s financial aid and admissions departments are also on hand to talk about the college application process.

The Department of Journalism has been hosting high school workshops for more than 20 years. For many years, the program was affiliated with the Dow Jones News Fund, which once restricted enrollment to the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

The program is named in honor of legendary CBS News broadcaster Bob Schieffer, a TCU journalism alumnus and namesake of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at TCU. It has strengthened its focus on digital and broadcast media, while preserving the attention to print skills. It takes advantage of a robust inventory of the latest media equipment and publishing software, such as digital Canon EOS SLR cameras, high-definition digital video cameras and an all-Mac newsroom with Adobe Creative Suite.

Click or tap here for more information about the camp and to apply.

For more information contact camp director Jean Marie Brown at or 817-257-4241

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Partnership

In Fall 2016, the Department entered into a two-year, renewable partnership agreement with the Washington-based Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The partnership guarantees our students two fellowships each summer to travel abroad and do independent studies of their choice. It also stipulates that the Center and our Department will have joint workshops/seminars to discuss important issues related to national or international journalism.

2020 TCU Pulitzer Fellowship application