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Visual Journalism - B.S.

COLLEGE: College of Communication and Information

DEPARTMENT: School of Journalism and Mass Communication
204 Franklin Hall
Tel: 330-672-2572 | Fax: 330-672-4064

DESCRIPTION: The Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism comprises two concentrations: Information Design and Photojournalism.

Information design majors study the visual presentation of news. Students also may work on visual presentation of news for The Daily Kent Stater, The Burr and Graduates can find employment as page designers or copy editors at traditional newspapers and magazines or at online publications.

Photojournalism majors study the visual reporting of news. This major is for students who have good visual perception and want to demonstrate this skill through photography. A dynamic portfolio is needed to break into this career, and the courses are geared toward producing one. Graduates find employment at newspapers, magazines or other print publications as well as online publications where visual presentation of news is required.

Photographers held about 122,000 jobs in 2006. More than half were self-employed, a much higher proportion than for most occupations. Some self-employed photographers have contracts with advertising agencies, magazine publishers, or other businesses to do individual projects for a set fee, while others operate portrait studios or provide photographs to stock-photo agencies.

Most salaried photographers work in portrait or commercial photography studios; most of the others work for newspapers, magazines, and advertising agencies. Photographers work in all areas of the country, but most are employed in metropolitan areas.

(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 nine 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 per-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. American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation standards prohibit non-business majors from taking more than 25 percent of their degree requirements in business courses. Therefore, no more than 30 semester credit hours may be counted toward stated degree requirements.


STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.
PROGRAM FEE: $50/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,

M.A. in Media Management, Public Relations, Reporting and Editing

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