The Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy offers a minor or concentration for students interested in becoming journalists at print, broadcast, or online news organizations. Requirements of the Gallivan Program include successful completion of five courses focusing on journalism and a professional news internship during either the academic year or a summer.
Begun in 1997 with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and now supported with endowments created by the family of John W. Gallivan, this program combines professional training in journalistic skills along with examination of the social, political, economic, and ethical concerns related to the practice of journalism.
The distinctive nature of Notre Dame’s “interdisciplinary approach” was described in the Columbia Journalism Review article “Searching for the Perfect J-School” (November/December 2002), and the Gallivan Program’s initiative to support summer internships was discussed in the American Journalism Review report “Priceless?” (April/May 2009).
The interim director of the Gallivan Program is Jason Kelly.
An advisory board of Notre Dame graduates who are working in journalism helps guide the program, meeting regularly to discuss the curriculum and other initiatives.
Members of the Gallivan Program's Professional Advisory Board include Michael D. (Mickey) Gallivan, a former television and wire service journalist and the program's benefactor; Maddie Hanna, reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Meg Martin, managing editor of projects and podcasts, Minnesota Public Radio; Sarah Mervosh, reporter, The New York Times; and Anne Thompson, chief environmental affairs correspondent, NBC News.