Journalism and Media Studies BA
Work alongside seasoned media professionals and gain real-world experience in UNC’s Journalism Bachelor of Arts degree program. Here, you’ll use the state-of-the-art news writing center, featuring the latest software technology for writing, editing and design. The program also features a cutting-edge TV studio, where you’ll produce and direct student newscasts, and with internship opportunities you’ll write news for the local paper or work behind-the-scenes at a local TV station.
Hands-On Experience, Mentorship and Networking
At UNC, you’ll find a diverse, collaborative learning environment, led by highly accessible and supportive instructors who bring real-world journalism experience to the classroom. Visiting journalist-in-residence professors regularly teach in the program, and small class sizes offer close mentorship by faculty. Plus you’ll have opportunities to network with local journalism professionals and participate in a variety of student media-related clubs, making contacts and gaining skills that will help launch your career.
Charles Ingold, PhD
Professor of Journalism and Media Studies
Since joining the UNC faculty in 1983, Charles Ingold, Ph.D., has taught a wide range of subjects including television and radio production, broadcast news, public speaking and mass media effects, history and law. He believes that understanding mass communication can benefit not only media professionals but also the general public, especially educators and parents. Ingold has been published in Psychological Reports, Journalism Educator and the Southwestern Mass Communication Journal. His research interests include reactions of viewers to sexual content on television, the role of personality variables in mass media effects and uses and gratifications of mass media.
B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies
Choose a learning path to fit your career goals. The BA in Journalism program at UNC offers two emphases:
News and Multimedia Journalism
Gain critical skills and hands-on experience in reporting, writing, editing and producing news for print, broadcast and the Web. You'll graduate prepared to work in a wide variety of news organizations, including TV and radio stations, online news publications, newspapers and magazines.
This emphasis combines theory and application to deepen your knowledge and skills in social scientific research, creative concept development, writing and editing, media planning and persuasive campaign execution. Your coursework focuses on principles of public relations, marketing and advertising as you study strategic message design and distribution through various media.
Media Studies Minor
The 18-credit Media Studies minor focuses on the social and cultural aspects of media and includes classes such as Introduction to Journalism and Mass Communications and Impact of Mass Communications on Society.
Where have recent Journalism students interned?
"The JMC program helped me build the skills I need for a career in the industry. Also, because of the small class sizes, I received the individual attention I needed to understand the content. Most importantly, I was able to build personal relationships with my instructors and peers. My favorite thing about the program is that it allows each student’s unique skills and talents to shine. ”
– Mollie Lane, Journalism-Public Relations & Advertising Media
- Elle magazine, New York (production assistant)
- Greeley Tribune (reporting and editing, including video editing)
- Longmont Times-Call (reporting)
- Denver TV stations including CW2, KCNC-CBS4 and Fox31 (news and production)
UNC’s Journalism program offers diverse learning opportunities designed to prepare you for an evolving job market.
Consider UNC's Journalism and Media Studies B.A. if you want to:
- Pursue a career in mass communications
- Explore different types of media
- Work with new technologies
- Writing, editing and design
- Photography and video
- Media planning and research
- Mass communications law
- Proper citation and professional ethics
- Critical thinking and people skills
- Introduction to Journalism and Media Studies
- Advertising Copywriting
- Public Relations
- Impact of Mass Media on Society
- News Editing and Layout
Cover world events for a major newspaper or TV network. Work on radio as a newscaster or sports reporter. Or put your creative skills to use in the fields of marketing, advertising and public relations. A bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UNC will open up worlds of professional possibilities, including:
- Television news anchor/reporter
- Multimedia editor
- Advertising copywriter
- Arts and entertainment critic
- Designer for online or print publications
- Sports information director
- Freelance writer or editor
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