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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Dec 16, 2017
 
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Multimedia Journalism - Program Description


For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the School of Communications website.

Website: www.gvsu.edu/soc

The multimedia journalism program offers majors a broadly based education in which the study of journalism is grounded in the liberal arts. The emphasis on critical thinking and historical perspective embraces the fundamental principle that a free press and an informed citizenry are essential for the success of a representative democracy.

The program explores the complex changes in both traditional media and evolving Internet- based, multimedia delivery of news and information. It offers a range of instruction in journalism theory, practice, history, and criticism. Students are guided to develop a thorough background in multimedia reporting and production skills.

The multimedia journalism program prepares majors to enter the job market as professional journalists. It offers students the opportunity to develop gateway skills of reporting, writing and production in print, television, radio and online-based media. As news outlets become increasingly diversified, our graduates require a broad exposure in order to be competitive with the demands of a changing marketplace.

Students have the opportunity to develop depth through courses offered in related majors in the School of Communications, including film/video and photography. Multimedia journalism majors may also earn a minor in advertising and public relations. In addition, majors are encouraged to develop depth outside of journalism in related fields including the arts, computer science, economics, political science and sociology.

Internships

Multimedia journalism majors are required to take one internship in a professional media setting and are encouraged to do additional internships as well. Most local media have a need for interns to help with a variety of formats: print, broadcast and online, such that students can find a variety of opportunities. Students may apply up to 15 internship credits toward graduation. Students are urged to work closely with departmental advisors to identify internships that best suit their interest and career ambitions.

The following program is available:

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Journalism