In the Broadcast News concentration, students learn to report, write and produce news for television and radio stations. Students may work at TV2, which broadcasts news daily on a local cable network, Black Squirrel Radio and Kentwired.com. Graduates can find employment in radio or television news and online news sites.
In the Magazine concentration, students learn all aspects of the reporting, writing, editing and production of digital and print magazines. Students also work at The Burr, theburr.com, the Daily Kent Stater and Kentwired.com. Graduates can find writing or editing positions at magazines, newspapers or news web sites.
In the News concentration, students learn all aspects of the reporting, editing and design of print and online news. They work for the Daily Kent Stater and Kentwired.com for at least one semester as part of a reporting class and many continue their involvement beyond that course. Most graduates find employment at daily newspapers or news web sites.
As technological innovation changes how news is delivered, journalists increasingly will be working for online or mobile outlets. Students learn all facets of multimedia. As the ownership of media shifts, they also are encouraged to seek out opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship in courses or projects.
Students first entering the university, whether from high school or transferring from another institution, are admitted directly into one of the ten 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.)