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Journalism

Being a journalist today is about connecting people to the world 24/7 and engaging with audiences on the go. Our program prepares you to be an innovative, adaptive, problem-solving storyteller.

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One of 115 programs accredited worldwide by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

Overview

What is Journalism at WVU like?

Description

As a Journalism student, you will learn how to write, produce and aggregate content across all media platforms — print, broadcast, digital and mobile. And you’ll engage modern audiences through social media and the latest interactive tools.

You’ll also create your own real-world projects, products and apps designed to advance the journalism industry and your career. Your skills will take you anywhere you want to go — from newsrooms to private industry to the nonprofit world.

Journalism majors are required to take core courses in media writing, media tools and applications, and media law and ethics. In addition, students are required to take two courses each in the categories of Writing, Creating and Engaging. By combining required courses and electives, students can specialize in a specific medium or design their own unique course of study.

All students must complete a capstone course in which they work in teams to produce multimedia stories and packages for a public audience. All coursework is done in the College’s modern facilities, giving students access to the latest digital technology and hands-on tools.

WVU News Wednesdays

Students interested in television journalism, check out our WVU News Wednesday options on October 3, October 17 and October 31, and November 14. Come to campus, watch a WVU News taping and tour our traditional space in Martin Hall and our Media Innovation Center. More dates will be available in the spring. To register, please contact Whitney Godwin at wgodwin@mail.wvu.edu.

Can't make a WVU News Wednesday? Join us at a Discover WVU Days on October 13 or November 3.

At a Glance

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Did You Know?

What makes Journalism at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

Journalism majors can participate in hands-on reporting and immersion journalism projects, such as:

  • 100 Days in Appalachia - While the world is busy asking what the election tells us about our divided nation, we’re asking: What does Appalachia tell us?
  • WVU News, our award-winning student produced newscast.
  • Investigative journalism covering some of the most important institutions in our society — government, business, law enforcement, the courts and nonprofits (including education and health care).
  • Innovators in Residence - Innovators leading change from the newsroom to the classroom.
  • Experimental Journalism - Featuring AR/VR, mobile-first design, app development, data-based reporting, sensor journalism, 360° reporting, 3-D modeling, drones and social news.

Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Journalism major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Journalism at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Journalism major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

JRL 101:
Media and Society

Examines the relationship between media, culture and society, with emphasis on the history, structure, and organization of the mass media.

JRL 220:
Introduction to Photojournalism

Basic techniques of journalistic photography, digital imaging and editing. Students must have accessto a film or digital camera. (A lab fee will be assessed to non-majors.)

JRL 225:
Media Tools & Applications

Intended for College of Media majors and Interactive Media Design minors, this lecture/lab course covers fundamental principles and practices of multimedia content gathering and editing in preparation for upper-level courses with the College of Media.

JRL 318:
Beat Reporting

Essentials of developing and covering a news beat. Students generate stories, cultivate sources, and discover their community.(Lab fees will be assessed for this course.)

JRL 319:
Editing and Curation

Students develop the skills necessary to edit and design content for online and print media outlets. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.)

JRL 321:
Media Design

An introduction to the design of newspapers, magazines and internet publications.

JRL 335:
Video and Audio News Writing

Gathering, researching, and evaluating facts; reporting and writing news for radio and television; editorial decision making and responsibility; broadcast news ethics. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.)

JRL 386:
Beginning Video Reporting

Reporting, writing and producing stories for television news using digital video technology; emphasis on visual storytelling, editorial decision making, and ethical and legal considerations. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.)

JRL 428:
Media Ethics and Law

How ethics and law work together to help create and maintain the media environment. Examines ethical paradigms within a legal framework, with special emphasis on morality.

JRL 430:
Social Media and Journalism

This lab course identifies and applies the principles behind social media applications such as blogs and networking sites.

JRL 458:
Interactive Media and Audience Building

Online class introduces students to the latest and evolving attributes of media entrepreneurship, new economic models for media, and audience building across emergent platforms.

JRL 487:
Advanced Video Reporting and Producing

Reporting, writing and producing television news stories using advanced production techniques; producing stories for cable or broadcast television. Work may be aired on local or regional broadcast or cable stations. (Lab fees will be assessed for this course.)

Cost and Aid

How much does Journalism at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $396
Per Semester $4,752
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,504
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,076
Per Semester $12,912
Fall and Spring Semesters $25,824
International
Per Credit $1,076
Per Semester $13,212
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,424
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Ways to Save

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Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Reed College of Media may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Journalism can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Journalism has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Journalism at WVU?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet one of these admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year:

For direct admission to the Reed College of Media for non-residents:
  • GPA: 2.50
  • ACT Composite: 21
  • SAT EBRW and Math: 1070
For direct admission to the Reed College of Media for residents:
  • GPA: 2.00
  • ACT Composite: 19
  • SAT EBRW and Math: 990

If you don't meet the admission requirements for WVU's Journalism major, check out some related programs.

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Journalism major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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