Electronic media production majors learn how to create audio and video programs. Students may assist in the production aspects of both Black Squirrel Radio and TV2. Graduates generally secure entry-level positions in production departments for broadcast operations or production work in studios.
Electronic media sports production majors learn how to shoot, edit, produce and create graphics for a variety of sporting events, including basketball and football. Students work both remotely in the field with a satellite truck and in the TV 2 studio to produce the games. They also learn about sports marketing and sports and the media.
Electronic media management majors study all aspects of program planning for electronic media, including understanding audiences' attitudes/motives and what types of programs attract different audiences. Graduates generally find employment in program scheduling, broadcast station management and sales fields.
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators held about 105,000 jobs in 2006. Their employment was distributed among the following detailed occupations:
•Audio and video equipment technicians 50,000
•Broadcast technicians 38,000
•Sound engineering technicians
•Radio operators 1,500
About 30 percent worked in broadcasting (except Internet) and 17 percent worked in the motion picture, video, and sound recording industries. About 13 percent were self-employed. Television stations employ, on average, many more technicians than radio stations. Some technicians are employed in other industries, producing employee communications, sales, and training programs. Technician jobs in television and radio are located in virtually all cities; jobs in radio also are found in many small towns. The highest paying and most specialized jobs are concentrated in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, DC—the originating centers for most network or news programs. Motion picture production jobs are concentrated in Los Angeles and New York City.
(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Students first entering the university, whether from high school or transferring from another institution, are admitted directly into one of the nine JMC majors/concentrations. A Kent State GPA of 2.75 must be maintained to continue taking JMC courses.
Current Kent State students wishing to pursue a major in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication must have a GPA of 2.75 or higher to be admitted directly into one of the ten majors/concentrations.
Current Kent State students with a GPA lower than 2.75 (but 2.0 or higher) may be admitted as journalism and mass communication pre-majors.
Minimum 2.75 GPA cumulative and in major. Minimum 80 credit hours taken outside the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Only general elective courses may be taken as pass/fail, of which maximum 12 credit hours may be taken as pass/fail. Students must meet the requirements stated in this catalog to declare a journalism and mass communication major.
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education, or CCI's Coordinator of International Programs.
PROGRAM FEE: $60/semester
ACCREDITATION: Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, National Press Photographers Association, American Advertising Federation Student Chapter, Kappa Tau Alpha. Student Media: Artemis, The Daily Kent Stater, The Burr and Cyburr, UHURU, Luna Negra, Fusion, TV2, Black Squirrel Radio, KentWired.com
Journalism and Mass Communication (M.A.)