Multimedia Journalism Major
The multimedia journalism major at Grand Valley State University is grounded in the liberal arts, offering students a balance of courses that integrate theory and practice, preparing them to succeed in a rapidly changing and expanding multimedia landscape.
The multimedia journalism curriculum is flexible. It includes both a strong core of course requirements and multiple elective offerings to allow students to pursue their particular media interests.
Beyond university requirements, multimedia journalism students study a variety of topics, including: news and society, news reporting, journalism history, journalism law and ethics, broadcast news, broadcast news production, advanced reporting techniques, and multimedia production and presentation. Electives include an introduction to radio, feature writing, sports reporting, arts and entertainment reporting, technical writing, communication policy and law, photography, audio production, and more.
Multimedia journalism graduates find employment in all fields where strong communication and writing skills are required. Graduates find jobs in all media – print, broadcast, online – and in related fields, including business, health communications, public relations, nonprofits, community media, and government.
Mission - Vision - Values
The School of Communications and its major programs, in agreement with the university's mission, educates students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The School of Communications curricula strive to accomplish this within a framework that integrates liberal and professional education. In concert, the mission of the Multimedia Journalism program is to offer majors a broadly based education in which the study of journalism is grounded in the liberal arts and offers students an opportunity to engage their chosen profession by developing multimedia skills appropriate for entering a rapidly changing field.
A broadly based undergraduate education in which the study of journalism is grounded in the liberal arts, focused on public affairs reporting and dedicated to introducing and developing multi-media skills and news judgment appropriate for the profession of journalism in the 21st century.
The Multimedia Journalism major values in-depth reporting and public interest journalism all forms of print and electronic delivery as it relates to free expression and the role of journalism in a democracy. The purpose of journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing.