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.
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:
There are four Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees available with this major.
Graduates who are interested in working as broadcast journalists do best when they are equipped with experience, which is why the Southern Miss broadcast journalism degrees is highly hands-on and encourages internships for students.
The news editorial sequence is designed to prepare students for positions in the news media as reporters, editors, and writers. Students learn the skills necessary to research and deliver current information to audiences and to use traditional storytelling techniques to relate news and information through print and online media.
The emphasis in photojournalism teaches students the professional and theoretical concepts and technical skills that will enable them to be productive and responsible contributors in the field of journalism.
The Public Relations emphasis teaches students the professional principles, theoretical concepts and technical skills that will enable them to be productive and responsible contributors in the field of public relations.
News Editorial majors are prepared for positions in the news media as reporters, editors, writers, bloggers, online and multimedia reporters.
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.
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 choose to enter the freelance market.
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.
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.
Students produce content for the Associated Press award-winning show Hub City TV.
Advanced photojournalism course where students will photograph in-depth essay/stories. Areas of focus will be social issues and classic photography.
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.
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.