Communication, Journalism and Media, Journalism Concentration, BS
Shippensburg University's Bachelor of Science in Communication, Journalism and Media is one of only three ACEJMC accredited programs in Pennsylvania and the only one in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The journalism concentration prepares you for careers in multimedia journalism, news editing, copywriting, freelance writing and more.
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What Will I Learn?
In this program you will learn:
- to create multimedia content about and for diverse audiences
- to report, write and edit in long-form and short-form journalistic styles for online, print and broadcast media.
- about breaking news coverage, enterprise journalism, investigative journalism and feature writing
- about beat reporting, including coverage of government, police and courts, sports, education, business, technology, and other topics
- to produce podcasts and write broadcast news scripts
- industry-standard software and technology to create multimedia content with text, video, audio, photography and graphics
The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) is the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. There are 119 schools accredited by ACEJMC.
PRNEWS Education A-List recognizes the best institutions of higher education for career advancement in PR and marketing communications. Their editorial staff examined factors such as curricula, diversity, faculty composition, academic awards and capstone courses. On- and off-campus offerings, such as internships, are considered; as well as how the schools' curricula reflected the changing nature of communication.
What are the requirements for this degree?
Students must take 48 credits in the Communication, Journalism and Media major to graduate. Those transferring into the major must have a 2.3 GPA.
These areas of study may serve well as minors:
- Data science
- English/Technical and professional writing
- Ethnic studies
- International studies
- Political science
- Professional writing
- Women and gender studies
What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?
Careers are available across many fields. Some positions include:
- Copy editor
- Freelance writer
- Magazine editor
- Managing editor
- News anchor
- News editor
- News reporter
- Social media/web editor
What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?
What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?
The program has small class sizes for all skills courses. All writing and technology skills courses are limited to 20 students. You will learn how to cover campus, local and national news through class assignments and involvement in student media organizations. You will have access to faculty, technology and photo and video equipment in class as well as outside of class through your work with student-run media organizations. You will work in the department’s Mac and PC labs and its video and audio editing labs, as well as on your own mobile devices. Expect to work with The Slate and theslateonline.com, the Keystone Press Award-winning student-run newspaper; SUTV, winner of multiple university student production awards from the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and the nationally recognized SU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. The Slate publishes a weekly newspaper and updates its website daily. SUTV produces a weekly newscast and covers all home football and basketball games.