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Journalism

We prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s media landscape. Students learn how to write and produce news for print, broadcast, online and mobile media as well as how to shoot, produce and edit video for broadcast and online outlets. Students also are equipped with photography and web page design skills.

The journalism major equips today’s students with the skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing media profession. Not only are students exposed to the theory of newsgathering and mechanics of writing, they learn how to produce stories for print, broadcast, online and mobile media. Students are expected to write stories both inside and outside the classroom, often under a deadline. Besides news writing, journalism students learn how to shoot, produce and edit video for broadcast and online outlets, take photographs and design Web pages. The program strives to turn out versatile journalists who can work on a variety of news platforms or start their own news outlet.

Students majoring in journalism may earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. Students need a minimum of 120 semester hours, another major or minor and completion of the University studies requirement for the appropriate degree. ACEJMC requires that students take 80 hours outside the department, of which 65 hours must be in University studies or liberal arts.

Students are encouraged to work at The Murray State News, TheNews.org or the NPR-affiliate on campus, WKMS.

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