Communication Arts: Multimedia Journalism

Our Multimedia Journalism program will teach you how to think, write and produce across the electronic and print news universe. You'll learn how to create and edit stories for television and radio news programs, social media sites, web-based publications (e.g., blogs) and for the traditional print media. While you'll explore ethics, writing and other core journalistic principles, you'll also be introduced to new technologies and techniques that are revolutionizing the way we receive, create and exchange news. As part of this process, you'll learn about documentaries, community-based news reporting, audience analysis, research, strategic planning and how to use cameras, ranging from cell phones to professional systems, to produce a story. You'll be prepared for a career in journalism and related fields and will benefit from hands-on training in our computer labs, media production suites, television station, award winning radio station and on the University's newspaper, The Wood Word.

The department also offers students a number of opportunities to enhance their education. These include professional internships, independent studies, and membership in professional and student-based organizations.


Specifically, the program includes the following objectives:

  1. To teach the student broadcast, web-based and print journalism skills.
  2. To introduce the student to existing and emerging news media markets.
  3. To explore journalistic ethics, legal issues, community-based and international journalism and documentary production.
  4. To develop student skills in written and oral communication, research techniques and how to work behind and in front of a camera.
  5. To develop student skills in broadcast news production, crafting stories for the web and other electronic media outlets, electronic storytelling and multimedia journalism.
  6. To emphasize practical applications in journalism through integrated hands-on skills training as well as in-class and extracurricular activities.
  7. To explore ties between journalism and related disciplines.