Journalism and Mass Communications
BA Degree Plans
Catalog Year 2015-2016
Catalog Year 2016-2017
The NMSU Journalism and Mass Communications department offers a variety of professional development. Under this degree plan, students may pursue careers in advertising, public relations, broadcasting, print journalism, photography, and/or multi-media interface.
For 10 years the advertising program at NMSU has offered students the ability to learn and apply their skills at the National Advertising Student Competition through the student organization AdFed. The competition gives students the chance to create campaigns using every aspect of the industry. In previous years, the students have had the opportunity to create and present a campaign to a variety of companies including Coca Cola, Snapple, Bank of America and Toyota. Some of our graduates are currently working in the advertising field for Ford, Comcast and Leo Burnett advertising company.
The NMSU Journalism and Mass Communications Department tries to prepare entry-level PR technicians with specific course work in writing, editing, reporting, photography, broadcasting, technology convergence, research, and applied internships to assist journalism majors seeking PR careers. Public Relations practitioners are communication specialists, hired by organizations to perform and advise on a variety of communications tasks.
Broadcast journalism is one of the more exciting and unique programs here at NMSU. Students learn both theory and practice of radio, television, and converging media. The focus is on both media production and journalism. Utilizing the facilities of university owned public radio and television stations, our students get to learn in professional facilities with state-of-the-art equipment. Journalism students may elect to take a sequence of broadcasting classes, or simply take several of the courses. These courses emphasize television journalism, video production, and on-air performance. The classroom learning is enhanced by many outside opportunities for additional experience, including our television newscast, News22, radio at KRUX, video production at KRWG-TV and AggieVision, internships at KRWG radio and television and at many off-campus stations and other companies. Students also produce news segments in the Spanish language for KRWG V-me TV. Graduates of our broadcasting program have had successful careers at television and radio stations across the nation. A live television news program on the university’s public television station is an integral part of our broadcast journalism experience.
Print news media is still the most important source of information in society, and most journalism graduates will begin their careers in newspapers, magazines and related media jobs. At NMSU, journalism students will learn basic news writing and will have the opportunity to gain experience in news reporting and in publishing for both print and on-line journals. Courses in news editing, print media design, and media convergence round out preparation for a career in print media. Internships at regional newspapers and magazines provide real-world experience opportunities that will lead to success after graduation.
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a full sequence of photojournalism courses in which they incorporate the tools and concepts of multimedia journalism in all advanced photography courses, utilizing still photography, writing, slideshows and video. We emphasize strong graphic skills as well as strong story-telling skills, encouraging students to report on their world and, as they gain confidence, the world at large. Our program is driven by the idea that images and words are natural allies and to use them both with a high degree of precision and skill is a process that requires learning the Language of Vision, and that using this language well enhances any publication’s intention of clear and readable communication about news and ideas that matter to consumers of journalism.