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Journalism & Mass Communication, B.A.

In the modern era, media impacts everyone. The journalism & mass communication (JMC) major will teach you not only how to effectively deliver messages to diverse audiences, but also how media works within – and creates – society. The study of journalism and the media will equip you with the tools to become both a media professional and a better citizen.

Journalism, at its core, is a service profession: It serves communities and provides essential information that helps people as they live, work and play. At Whitworth, we desire to help you understand this call to service so that you may give a voice to those who are voiceless.

Why major in journalism & mass communication at Whitworth?

  • Gain valuable hands-on experience. You will have the option to participate in student media and you will be required to complete an internship. These are great ways to discover your career path and build your résumé.
  • Learn from inspiring and caring professors who are consistently named "most influential" by senior classes. Professors keep their office doors open and seek to foster one-on-one relationships with students.
  • Join The Whitworthian student-run newspaper and build your portfolio with news, opinion, feature and sports reporting on your campus community.
  • Become a Whitworth.fm staff member and learn how digital radio entertains and informs audiences beyond geographic boundaries.
  • Serve your community with Whitworth's student-run public-relations agency, Beyond the Pines. This full-service organization works with nonprofits throughout the region.
  • Incorporate multiple passions and interests into your studies. As a journalism student, you will have the opportunity to pursue stories on subjects that interest you. In addition, the JMC major can act as an excellent complement to other Whitworth majors and minors.
  • Access exciting technology and learn to use it in compelling and ethical ways. For example, create immersive photos and video using a 360-degree camera.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our journalism & mass communication grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Every field needs effective and media-savvy communicators, and our JMC graduates possess the strong communication skills these fields require. Career opportunities are available with established media organizations, corporations and nonprofit organizations in every sector. A thriving independent media environment also creates new opportunities for entrepreneurship. Our JMC graduates often report that they are grateful for the unexpected ways they are able to use their skills in a variety of career contexts.

Recent job placements include:

  • Emily Goodell, reporter, Yakima Herald-Republic, Yakima, Wash.
  • Taylor Oddino, account coordinator, Desautel Hege (public-relations agency), Spokane
  • Andrew Forhan, assistant sports information director, Western Washington University
  • Josiah Van Wingerden, administrative assistant, Cumulus Media, Colorado Springs
  • Remisola Omodara, e-commerce account manager, Facebook, Austin, Texas
  • Kyle Kim, graphics and data journalist, Los Angeles Times
  • Jasmine Linabary, associate director of research and operations, Purdue Peace Project, West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Tyler Tupper, producer, Corner Booth Media, Spokane

Our recent JMC grads further their studies at institutions including:

  • American University
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Montana School of Law
  • Washington State University
  • Purdue University

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Partner with JMC faculty to conduct research. Students have collaborated with faculty on conference presentations, journal articles and books on topics ranging from media coverage and sourcing to First Amendment issues.
  • Join the staff of the award-winning Natsihi yearbook. Staff members have repeatedly been honored for their excellent writing and design.

Pack your bags!

Study the media for a month with communication studies professors in Germany or on the East Coast of the United States. The Media & Society in Germany program will allow you to build your digital storytelling skills in a cross-cultural setting and to examine the mass-media systems of Germany. The Media Impact in the Contemporary U.S. program will take you to New York City and Washington, D.C., where you will visit media companies and learn from executives and scholars about the key issues related to media’s current impact on society.

Ask our faculty

Ask Erica

Associate Professor Erica Salkin's areas of expertise include journalism, media and law, public relations, and digital communication.

Ask Nichole

Assistant Professor Nichole Bogarosh teaches courses including Intercultural Communication and Representations of Women in Popular Culture.

Ask Kevin

Associate Professor Kevin Grieves teaches courses such as Writing for Mass Media, Video & Audio Journalism, and International Media.

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