2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Journalism, Broadcasting and Digital Media
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The journalism, broadcasting and digital media program offers majors a broadly-based education in which the study of journalism is grounded in the liberal arts. The emphasis on critical thinking and historical perspective embraces the fundamental principle that a free press and an informed citizenry are essential for the success of a representative democracy.
The program explores the complex changes in both traditional media and evolving Internet-based, multimedia delivery of news and information. It offers a range of instruction in journalism theory, practice, history, and criticism. Students are guided to develop a thorough background in multimedia reporting and production skills.
The journalism, broadcasting and digital media program prepares majors to enter the job market as professional journalists. It offers students the opportunity to develop gateway skills of reporting, writing and production in print, television, radio and online-based media. As news outlets become increasingly diversified, our graduates require a broad exposure in order to be competitive with the demands of a changing marketplace.
Students have the opportunity to develop depth through courses offered in related majors such as film/video production and photography. Journalism, broadcasting and digital media majors may also earn a minor in related fields such as advertising and public relations. In addition, majors are encouraged to develop depth outside of journalism in related fields including the arts, computer science, economics, political science, and sociology.
Journalism, broadcasting, and digital media majors are required to take one internship in a professional media setting and are encouraged to do additional internships as well. Most local media have a need for interns to help with a variety of formats including print, broadcast and online, such that students can find a variety of opportunities. Students may apply up to 15 internship credits toward graduation. Students are urged to work closely with departmental advisors to identify internships that best suit their interest and career ambitions.
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