journalism major at Murray State University prepares 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 newswriting, 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.
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. The department also
strongly recommends students seek an internship between the junior and
department is one of only 114 programs in the country accredited by the
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
and is one of three programs with the accreditation in Kentucky.