What exactly is Communication and Journalism?
Communication and Journalism is a department where we study all forms of communication – interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, and mass-mediated through advertising, journalism and public relations. We create effective messages with words, images and sounds that are presented as speeches, news stories and advertising campaigns, just to name a few. We study the processes by which messages are sent and received so that we understand the effects and meanings of messages.
What are recent graduates doing now?
Erica Boe '11: Assistant account executive, Weber Shandwick, Minneapolis, Minn.
Nate Minor '10: Associate digital producer, Minnesota Public Radio
Shane Kitzman '10: Web producer, WCCO.com, Minneapolis, Minn.
Laura Lee '07: Anchor and reporter, KAAL-TV, Austin, Minn.
Learning opportunities outside of the classroom:
We’re all for studying abroad! We’ve regularly offered several short-term study abroad courses taught by our own faculty. For example, in January 2011, our faculty were teaching Visual Communications in Italy and Communication and Culture in Post-Apartheid South Africa. In January 2012, we expect to teach Multicultural Communication in Organizational Settings in Hawaii, and Gender, Race and Mass Media in London.
In addition, our students frequently study on semester-long programs. They go to England, Australia, Japan, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, you name it. They can typically find at least one course to transfer back to our program and take the rest of their courses as electives or as requirements for a double major or general education core.
Internships and Involvement
You should complete at least one internship. We don’t require that all of our students do internships, but most do them, and we fully support that. We know that internships can provide important ways for students to put their developing communication and journalism skills to use on real-world projects. Internships can also help students learn what they don’t want to do after graduation. Because we’re in a major media market here in the Twin Cities, with a wide array of news organizations, advertising and public relations agencies, and non-profit organizations, our students can do internships year round, not just in the summer. We maintain a constant posting of internship opportunities and encourage our students to apply for them.
We also encourage our students not to overlook the value of internship-type experience they can get right here on campus by working on our online student media organization, TommieMedia.com. This national-award-winning organization gives student reporters, editors, videographers, designers and salespeople key skills in journalism and advertising. The important practical skills learned on TommieMedia.com can help you make a stronger application for an internship in the professional community.
And finally, we encourage our students to remember the value of professional networking that comes with membership in our student clubs, which are the Ad Club, the Communication Club and the Public Relations Student Society of America. Each of these clubs presents guest speakers, mentors, panel discussions and so on that offer students an entrée into the professional community.
Our professors serve as advisors to TommieMedia.com and our student clubs, and they serve as academic advisors to our students, who talk with faculty about courses, internships and career goals. In addition, our professors may work with students on independent study projects that require intensive research.
What jobs are possible with a Communications/Journalism major?
- Account services specialist
- Advertising account executive
- Advertising copywriter
- Advertising salesperson
- Advertising traffic manager
- Assignment editor
- Broadcast journalist/reporter
- Broadcast news anchor
- Campaign manager
- Columnist/opinion writer
- Communication director
- Copy editor
- Corporate communication officer
- Crisis communication specialist
- Documentary filmmaker
- Event planner
- Freelance writer
- Government relations specialist
- Grant writer
- Human resources specialist
- Magazine editor
- Magazine writer
- Marketing specialist
- Media buyer
- Media planner
- Media relations specialist
- News reporter
- Newsletter editor/designer
- Newspaper reporter
- Online journalist
- Political activist
- Promotions manager
- Publication designer
- Publicity director
- Public information director
- Public relations account executive
- Public relations specialist
- Radio producer
- Social media specialist or director
- Special events director
- Speech writer
- Spokesperson for an organization or institution
- Sports journalist/reporter
- Technical writer
- Television news producer/director
- Web designer
- Web editor or writer
- Web site manager