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Journalism & Public Relations Major

Communications jobs are varied, diverse and cross all types of media. To be successful in today's competitive market, you need a broad base of knowledge and professional experience. From storytelling and videography to broadcasting and digital media, a degree from Grand View will give you the knowledge you need to have a successful career in this ever-changing field! 

Journalism and Public Relations majors gain practical experience on Grand View's award-winning student media, and majors additionally take field internships with newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, public relations agencies, and other professional organizations.

Why Grand View?

  • Hands-on multimedia experience
  • Learn from experienced faculty with wide-ranging expertise
  • Focus on the interplay between technology and journalism
  • On campus radio and video and photography studios open to all communication students
  • Access to countless internships with nonprofits, agencies, media outlets and political offices
Career Options

Your career options are broad, exciting and ever-changing. Recent grads are working as:

  • Communications Manager
  • Broadcaster
  • Director of Communications
  • Account Director
  • Content Manager
  • News Anchor
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Project Manager
  • News Producer
  • Senior Copywriter
  • Sports Information Director
  • Magazine Editor

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Prerequisites

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.

COMM 110 Mass Communication 3 credits
PHOT 131 Basic Digital Photography 3 credits

Requirements (48 credits)

Communication Core

COMM 121 Digital Video & Audio 3 credits
COMM 129 Voice Delivery and Performance 1 credit
COMM 141 Multimedia Storytelling 3 credits
COMM 159 Journalism Laboratory 1 credit
COMM 263 Digital Publishing 3 credits
COMM 329
or
COMM 359
Advanced Broadcast Production
or
Advanced Journalism Lab
1 credit
COMM 399 Internship 3 credits
COMM 404 Communication Law and Ethics 3 credits
COMM 470 Multimedia Career Seminar 3 credits

Journalism & Public Relations Courses

COMM 151 Reporting 3 credits
COMM 349 Publication Design Essentials 3 credits
COMM 352 Feature Writing 3 credits
COMM 355 Public Relations Principles 3 credits
COMM 423
or
COMM 455
Advanced Reporting
or
Public Relations Campaigns
3 credits
COMM 425 Publication Editing 3 credits

9 Additional Credits

COMM 222 Radio Station Operation 3 credits
COMM 270 Sports and Media 3 credits
COMM 405 Media Advertising 3 credits
COMM 421 Electronic Field Production 3 credits
COMM 465 Honors Magazine I 3 credits
COMM 466 Honors Magazine II 3 credits
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Student Center

Renovated in 2015 the Student Center has become a central hub for students at Grand View. Home to the Communications department, the building is equipped with a radio studio, TV studio, a recording studio, and Computer labs equipped with adobe software. The Student Center also houses the Bookstore, Viking Theatre, CJ’s Place convenience store, student gathering area and the Students dining hall.

 

Awards and Accomplishments

Faculty

Steve Winzenburg • Professor of communication, published two books, TV Programming Perspectives, Second Edition, and the Communication Job Search Handbook. The former will be used in his TV in Society class and the latter will be used in the Communication Career Seminar course.

Alumni

Jeff Fett '05 • He has received two Emmy Awards for his work at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis.

Travis Justice • He is a co-host of the morning sports talk show on KXNO-AM in Des Moines. 

Why Study Journalism & Public Relations?

  • Job security - The world will never be short of newsworthy events, therefore, there will never be a shortage for careers in this field.
  • Traveling - If you enjoy traveling, journalism and public relations has the opportunity to take you many places around the world.
  • Change in scenery - Journalism and public relations often allows for remote work; meaning you will not find yourself stuck in a cubicle all day.
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