Major Areas of Study: JOURNALISM
The interdisciplinary major in Journalism is designed for students interested in a career in convergent media whether the emphasis is in broadcast, print, photography, or electronic media. Students learn to properly and ethically gather, write, and produce content for various mediums. The program is designed to provide hands-on skills and experience while also helping the student to develop an understanding of the context in which events occur.
Students majoring in Journalism enjoy a blend of theory and practical application. As a part of the program, students have an opportunity to gain leadership experience working with Orbit Media: "The Black and Magenta" (weekly newspaper), WMCO (Class A 1.32 KW FM radio station), and Orbit TV (Muskingum University Television, operating on the cable access channel in New Concord).
Students may double major in other disciplines, however, students who major in Journalism may not minor in English or in Communication. If they elect to declare a minor, students are encouraged to minor in a subject that will allow them to specialize in the field of communication.
- The Black & Magenta is
Muskingum's weekly student newspaper, serving both the campus and the region.
- WMCO is a full-time
FCC-licensed noncommercial radio station operating at 90.7 FM with 1.3 kilowatts
and streaming 24/7.
- Orbit TV is Muskingum's own
cable-access TV channel, providing local news and entertainment.
In addition to their coursework, journalism majors are required to do two
internships, one in audio or video production and one in writing or photography.
These can be local, national, or international. Here are some recent examples:
- Copy editing and arts reviewing for the Dayton Daily News
- Reporting and design work for The Daily Jeffersonian
- Reporting and production work for WHIZ
- Writing and editing for The Times Reporter
- Reporting for a Japanese news service
- Public relations writing for the Jewish Vocational Services in Cincinnati,
- Public relations writing for the Southeastern Medical facility in Cambridge,
Students in print journalism have the opportunity to explore a variety of research fields through their senior seminar projects. Examples of recent projects students are working on include a study of convergence (the blending of print, broadcast, and web journalism) and a project on journalistic ethics.
The Society for Collegiate Journalists is open to student journalists with at least a year of service to college media.
Approximately 20-30 students are employed by the Black & Magenta each semester as editors, writers, photographers, web editors and designers, circulation and advertising managers, graphic designers, and copy editors.
Sophomore Christine Holmes ('16) of Austintown, Ohio graduated this past spring with majors in Journalism and English.
Christine was initially attracted to Muskingum because of the genuine friendliness of those she met through the admission process. “I knew I would be very comfortable on the beautiful campus and still be challenged academically,” she adds.
Christine was heavily involved in Orbit Media, which includes Orbit TV, the campus radio station, WMCO, and the Black and Magenta. She was a member of the golf team and president of Rotaract Club (the college extension of Rotary International) as well as World Vision, and she participated in Cru (Campus Crusade).
Christine sums up her experience as a Muskie: “My experience at Muskingum was everything I expected and more. I found my Muskie family right from the start. Even though I was over two hours away from home, I knew I had a solid group of people at Muskingum that cared about me and would have one anything for me. It allowed my parents to relax, knowing I was in good hands, and for me to explore my horizons knowing my parents weren’t worried about me. My professors did everything in their power to ensure that I was receiving the best education possible. They even let me hang around their offices, asking countless questions!”
She'll be attending graduate school at Ohio University in Athens this fall.