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Journalism

Journalism students at Southern Miss learn the concepts and technical skills they will need to be productive and responsible professionals in the diverse field of mass communication.

Changing the World One Story at a Time

Journalists inform society and may even act as change agents in certain fields. The basis of all areas of journalism is telling a story well.

News editorial majors are prepared for positions in the news media as reporters, editors and writers. News journalists today must use their writing talents on multiple platforms, including blogging, online reporting and multimedia platforms, which expands their opportunities.

Broadcast journalism prepares students to enter the challenging and competitive field of radio and television news as reporters or producers. With the constant news cycle, those equipped with the ability to gather and package news content quickly will be able to serve the growing demand for broadcast journalists.

As our world becomes more and more visual, photojournalists will need to show what is happening through digital multimedia formats. From understanding the basics of what makes an interesting photograph to the complicated task of storytelling through a series of photos or multimedia platforms, photojournalists have to combine talent with drive.

Public relations professionals help to tell an organization’s story, building an image for that organization. PR professionals may work for an organization managing internal and/or external relations, or they might handle several clients by working for an agency.

Coursework

All journalism majors take courses preparing them to write for the media as well as a basic digital media production course. From there, course offerings vary based on the sequence:

  • News editorial students take courses in investigative strategies, multimedia storytelling and news editing.
  • Broadcast students take two levels of broadcast reporting, multimedia storytelling and the capstone course that requires students to produce a news show.
  • Photojournalism students focus on photo essays, multimedia storytelling and developing a professional portfolio.
  • Public relations students take courses in graphic design, research and writing for public relations, and also work with real-world clients in the public relations campaigns course.

Degree Options

There are four Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees available with this major.

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Outcomes

News Editorial

News Editorial majors are prepared for positions in the news media as reporters, editors, writers, bloggers, online and multimedia reporters.

Broadcast Journalism

A broadcast journalism degree is the first step in a career in multimedia journalism. As a broadcast/multimedia journalist, you become the eyes and ears of the community, as well as a government watchdog.

Photojournalism

A degree in Photojournalism prepares students for several career paths. Though the journalism landscape is rapidly changing, there are coveted staff jobs with wire services and with small, medium and large papers; or photojournalists may chose to enter the freelance market.

Public Relations

Public Relations professionals are hired to craft an image for a company or organization, to tell their story in ways that appeal to a mass audience. Public relations professionals may also elect to work for an agency where they will assist a variety of clients with their PR needs.

Our news editorial, broadcast journalism and public relations degrees are the only ones in the state whose respective programs are within an accredited journalism program. Southern Miss has the only true photojournalism program in the state.
Because faculty in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism work extensively with students one-on-one, they develop a true relationship that allows for mentoring beyond the classroom.

Courses You Might Take

MCJ 303: Investigative Journalism

Students learn strategies to locate, understand and use records and documents, including those from non-government sources and computer databases. Also covered are interviewing techniques for documentary evidence.

MCJ 406: Capstone

Students produce content for the Associated Press award-winning show Hub City TV.

MCJ 343: Photo Essay

Advanced photojournalism course where students will photograph in-depth essay/stories. Areas of focus will be social issues and classic photography.

MCJ 428: Public Relations Campaigns

Emphasizes systematic analysis of clients and audiences, formulation of goals and strategies and multimedia communications; evaluation of effectiveness and budget preparation; case studies; and a field project.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Chris Campbell

Professor

Cheryl Jenkins

Associate Professor

Mary Lou Sheffer

Associate Professor

Lindsey Conlin

Assistant Professor

Steve Coleman

Instructor/Technical Coordinator

Jae Hwa Shin

Professor

Loren Coleman

Assistant Professor

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