Digital Media & Journalism

Do you dream of being behind the camera as a cameraman  or in front of the camera as a news anchor? Are you interested in writing or production? If so, consider studying Digital Media & Journalism. Digital Media & Journalism majors explore how humans create messages electronically and distribute these messages to a scattered audience using a variety of legacy and emerging media.

DEPARTMENT

AVAILABLE DEGREES

BS in Digital Media & Journalism (4 Year)

TRACKS
Digital Production
Digital Journalism

 

Why Digital Media & Journalism?

  • 1 A degree in Digital Media & Journalism will open multiple career paths for you. For example, many Digital Media & Journalism majors pursue positions in television and radio stations, audio and video-postproduction houses, film studios, and advertising agencies, to name a few.
  • 2Communication skills are the number one attribute employers look for in an employee. As a Digital Media & Journalism student, you will learn how to communicate orally and visually through an emphasis on media writing, media production processing, and storytelling.
  • 3Journalism and digital media are among the most important and reliable forms of communication in the 21st century. Through research, writing, and, broadcasting, those who work in the Digital Media & Journalism field are responsible for keeping the world informed.

Careers in Digital Media & Journalism

  • Radio/Television Producer
  • Journalist
  • Media Specialist
  • Publicist
  • Editor
  • Agent
  • Marketing Executive
  • Market Researcher
  • Consultant

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Northwestern University
  • New York University
  • St. Louis University
  • Indiana State University

Why Study Digital Media & Journalism at Saint Joseph’s College?

Variety

Our Digital Media & Journalism courses combine both theoretical and practical work, providing a firm grounding in the basics during introductory courses and building toward individual creativity and application in the senior capstone course.  In an effort to tailor students’ studies to their interests and goals, Digital Media & Journalism majors can choose one of two tracks:

  • Digital Production – track designed for the student who wants to work off-air, behind the scenes, or in production.
  • Digital Journalism – track designed for the student who is interested in news gathering, writing, storytelling, web publishing, and multi-media. Unlike a typical journalism program that strictly emphasizes writing, our Digital Journalism Track also exposes students to broadcasting and multi-media reporting.     

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Hands-on Experience

SJC’s Department of Communication offers students multiple opportunities for hands-on experience. For example, many students gain experience by getting involved with WPUM-TV, our campus television station, as reporters, producers, directors, and crew members. Students also work as newscasters, sports announcers, and DJs for 93.3 The Joe, our campus radio station. Performance Scholarships of $2,000 are available for those who participate in our TV and radio programs.

Students also gain practical, hands-on experience in class. For example, students travel to Los Angeles when they take COM 359: Hollywood Workshop, a course that focuses on the film and television industry. Students spend a week in LA and visit studios, audio and video post-production houses, meet with alumni, and tour the city. Students learn about the production process and apply their knowledge in projects back on campus.  

The Department of Communication has also found success through internships. Digital Media & Journalism students have interned with radio and TV stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, Indianapolis, South Bend, Lafayette and local stations in Rensselaer, Knox, Monticello, Valparaiso, and Logansport. 

Dedication to Excellence

While our Digital Media & Journalism major contributes to a solid liberal arts education, the major also provides skills and abilities that are crucial to personal and professional success. In addition to graduate studies, coursework in Digital Media & Journalism is excellent preparation for a variety of career choices, including radio and television, print-based news, audio and video production, public relations, and marketing. By taking advantage of the many hands-on opportunities the Department of Communication offers, graduates in Digital Media & Journalism are prepared for immediate employment in the industry.

Faculty and Class Size

In addition to extensive experience from states all over the country, professors in the Department of Communication have master's degrees in their fields of expertise. Class sizes range between 10 and 25 students.

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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.