Journalism is a career and a calling. It’s the ideal major for students who are motivated to seek the truth and tell stories that impact people’s lives.
Being a journalist today is about connecting people with the world 24/7 and engaging with audiences on the go. Our program prepares students to be innovative, problem-solving storytellers in today’s media world.
Through our flexible and hands-on curriculum, WVU Reed College of Media students learn to write, report and produce content across media platforms. In addition to our fundamental Journalism courses, students also have the opportunity to take a variety of special topics courses, such as sports journalism, magazine design, social media strategy, and virtual and augmented reality. The College’s modern facilities, give students access to the latest digital technology and hands-on tools.
Being a journalist today is about connecting people with the world 24/7 and engaging with audiences on the go. Having hands-on professional experience is crucial to being competitive in today’s job market. Eric Minor, an award-winning television journalist and WVU alumnus, manages the College’s Office of Student Careers and Opportunities. He is your go-to resource for internships and career mentoring as well as resume writing and practice interviewing.
Upon graduation, our students take their journalism skills in to traditional media industries as well as non-traditional fields.
Job Titles and Employers of Recent Graduates
- Senior Politics Editor, The Huffington Post
- Photographer, NBC News
- Production Assistant, QVC Network
- Production Coordinator, ABC News-Good Morning America
- Communication Specialist, New England Dairy & Food Council
- Content Associate, ESPN’s College GameDay
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearJRL 191 Journalism Orientation, JRL 101 Introduction to Mass Media, JRL 215 Media Writing, ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric, SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish
Senior YearJRL 459 Multimedia News Publication, JRL 426 Investigative Reporting or JRL 487 WVU News, BUSA 330 Survey of Marketing and a minor-related course.
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- 950 undergraduate students from 30 states and Washington, D.C. and 9 other countries
- 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- 40% in-state / 60% out-of-state
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
In 2015, the Reed College of Media unanimously received full reaccreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The College is one of 115 in the nation with such a distinction.
Jon Rudder (BSJ, ’12)
Jon Rudder of Wellsville, Ohio, started his career as a reporter at WTOV9 in Steubenville, Ohio. Rudder currently works as the Airtracker 5 Reporter for Cleveland’s channel 5. While at WVU, Rudder was involved with WVU News and served as an ESPNU Campus Connection reporter.