Journalism and New Media Studies
The Journalism and New Media Studies major emphasizes the importance of critical reading, comprehensive researching and clear writing techniques for the digital communicator. Student learning is rooted in these crucial skills and embedded in the study and practice of socially responsible convergent journalism, digital communication, social media, interactivity, Web2.0 culture, and the contemporary new media industries.
In the classes that form the core of the major students hone their writing and research skills. Using state-of-the-art technology throughout their classes, students learn to communicate through and for all digital mediums and platforms — text, hypertext, data visualization, still photography, video, audio, interactive, mobile, tablet, cloud.
Upper-division JNM electives allow students to specialize. In these classes, students expand their understanding and practice of convergent journalism, digital media production, and new media communication according to their interests and goals.
In their senior year all students produce online portfolios of their work for their thesis and also complete a supervised internship. Online portfolios showcase their best work from across their courses, demonstrate their understanding of the industries they seek to enter and are accessible to prospective employers and/or graduate schools. Internships place students at media outlets and communications companies and provide them with on-the-job training, professional experience and the opportunity to network for placement following graduation.