About Our Journalism Major
The program description and requirements below are for students who entered the Journalism major prior to Fall 2014.
The Journalism major at the WVU Reed College of Media prepares students for careers as multimedia journalists working in the fields of television, Internet, newspaper or magazine journalism. All students in the Journalism major must complete a series of shared core requirements and a shared capstone experience. In addition, students select an area of emphasis (AOE), allowing them to specialize in a specific medium: print, television or visual journalism.
- Print Journalism students learn news and feature writing, beat reporting, copyediting and design, immersion reporting, online research and writing, public affairs reporting and editorial writing. They are required to have 500 or more column inches of bylined writing published in campus or off-campus news media.
- Television Journalism students produce news stories and programs in a professional television studio using the latest digital technology. Students learn broadcast news writing, television field reporting and newscast production. They showcase their work on a student-produced newscast, WVU News, which airs on West Virginia Public Television and is available online at iTunes.wvu.edu.
- Visual Journalism students learn photojournalism, videography, media design, multimedia reporting and story producing. Students produce still photography, slideshows and multimedia packages for regional media and web-based projects.
Journalism Major Requirements
Journalism majors earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism (BSJ) degree upon successful completion of the program.
To graduate, all College of Media majors must complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
In addition to required College of Media core courses and Journalism major courses, Journalism students must complete the required courses for their area of emphasis (AOE). Students must also take specified courses outside of the College. They are also required to complete a minor and fulfill the University’s General Education Curriculum (GEC).
Students pursuing the Print Journalism or Visual Journalism AOE are also required to publish at least 500 column inches of bylined writing or 30 bylined photographs in the news media. Other types of news media publications (e.g., infographics, online multimedia, blogs) may be accepted as well. Students should consult their program chair about this graduation requirement.
Finally, the College’s accreditation guidelines require that students take a minimum of 72 credit hours outside of the College. Typically, students meet this requirement through GEC, minor and other required non-College courses.
For more information on College of Media majors, please contact one of the College’s academic advisors:
The College of Media’s undergraduate programs are fully accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. West Virginia University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.