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Changing the World One Story at a Time

Journalists inform society and even act as change agents in certain fields. The basis of all areas of journalism is telling a story well. Journalists must use writing and multimedia storytelling talents on multiple platforms, including blogging, online reporting, social media, which expands their audience immensely. To satisfy the constant need for news and information, this program equips students with the ability to gather, package and produce concise multimedia content.

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4emphasis areas to choose from
15program-specific USM Foundation scholarships
1study abroad program in London

What Will I Learn?

  • Report, write, edit and produce an unbiased story
  • Blogging, social media, and developing digital content
  • Produce news and sports content for television, radio and other various platforms
  • Interviewing, announcing and live reporting techniques
  • Multimedia storytelling using images and video content
  • Building an organization's image, campaign development, and managing internal and/or external relations

Internships offer students in the School of Communication an important opportunity for supervised learning in a professional setting. Students benefit by gaining valuable insight into the careers and job tasks of professionals in their major, by enriching their learning experience through observing first-hand the practical application of classroom theories and concepts, and by gaining vital professional contacts with professionals in their major. Internships may be earned in journalism, and three credit hours are offered for students who successfully complete the internship over the course of one semester.

Each year the USM Foundation awards over $20,000 in scholarship funds geared toward students majoring in the School of Communication. Using the Golden Opportunities (GO) Scholarship and Competitive Programs Application System, students can easily search, review requirements, apply and accept awards for available scholarship opportunities. Apply for scholarships through the GO system.

On British Studies, London becomes the students' classroom as they experience their subject first-hand and conduct research supervised by their professor. Students become mobile journalist, compiling a body of work online to develop practical, academic and technology skills in one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Lectures and behind-the-scenes tours give an insider’s perspective of the rapidly changing industry and its stark differences from American journalism. Students analyze Britain’s news coverage – print and broadcast – its public relations practices, advertising policies, and the pros and cons of each in four nonstop weeks each summer. Join in the fun!

Because of the ever growing digital nature of the journalism field, it is imperative that students learn with technology that they will use in their professional career. Therefore, all students must have a MAC laptop for the program. Laptop requirements specific to the journalism degree can be found on the School of Communication website.

Your success is our success.

Whether working with students on class projects or honors theses, team projects or student groups, advising or chatting when we run into you on campus, we take the time to get to know our students. All of the faculty in the School are active in research projects and creative endeavors, balancing disciplinary leadership positions, and serving the university in important ways, but we always find time to help students. Your success is our success.

Student Enrollment, Retention and Graduation



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Journalism BAHattiesburg
Journalism Minor

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Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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  • Reporters, Editors, Writers, and Bloggers
  • Event manager, public relations specialist
  • Communications Director
  • Multimedia Reporter, Producer
  • David McRaney, 2007
  • Teresa Collier, 1986
    Director of News and Public Affairs, Mississippi Public Broadcasting
  • Ted Jackson, 1984
    Photojournalist, New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • Rachel Quinlivan West, 2004 
    Senior Editor/Brand Leader, Time Inc. Books
  • Ali Holston, 2011 
    Producer, CNN, Atlanta, GA
  • Charles Bishop "Chuck" Scarborough III, 1969
    Anchor, WNBC New York