Journalism and Emerging Media

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    What is Journalism and Emerging Media?

    Whether you are navigating the media-rich culture as a critical thinker, learning to write and produce news and feature stories as a journalist or are gaining hands-on experience in digital video and audio as a social media expert, Kennesaw State’s Journalism and Emerging Media degree offers endless possibilities.

    Learn the latest industry trends from faculty members who are award-winning professionals, including reporters, editors and international correspondents at the Associated Press, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN, NPR, commercial radio stations and various newspapers.

    The Journalism and Emerging Media major offers a professionally-focused, marketplace-relevant, and theoretically-rigorous program. It includes courses in news writing, media law, digital media production, sports reporting, investigative reporting, and community-based capstone experience. It encourages students to enroll in a for-credit internship.

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    Admission Requirements

    Students may initially declare an "-Interest" based major in this subject, but must still meet additional requirements to be formally accepted into the degree program.

    Students interested in applying for any of the School of Communication & Media (SOCM) majors must meet the Sophomore GPA requirement which consists of combined adjusted 2.75 GPA in the following five courses:

    • COMM 2020: CSI: Communication Sources and Investigations
    • COMM 1110: Public Speaking
    • COMM 2033: Visual Communication
    • COMM 2135: Writing for Public Communication
    • COMM 2240: Communication Law, Ethics and Diversity

    Achieve a satisfactory score of 78% or higher on the SOCM Entrance Exams. Students may take the test no more than three times. This Entrance Exam requirement will be waived for students in this catalog year (2024-2025).

    Related Minors or Certificates

    • Organizational & Professional Communication Minor
    • Public Relations Minor

    Sample Classes

    • This course is an introduction to the ways and means of developing, gathering, writing and editing factual and editorial copy. The course examines news personnel functions, reporting and interviewing techniques, ethical and legal considerations, along with news-writing practice surrounding the above.

    • This course introduces the fundamentals of how still photography is used to document our world in a public sphere. Students will learn the skills, theory, aesthetics and ethics of newspaper, magazine and online photojournalism. Visual storytelling from a single picture to a multi-image photo essay is explored. A digital portfolio is produced and presented at the end of the term.

    • This course offers students the opportunity to learn about news gathering, production, and presentation in one of the nation’s largest media markets. Students gain first-hand exposure to news professionals, operations, and offices. Students meet for an intensive one-week preparation class to better understand the structure and function of the professional newsroom. They visit outlets for a hands-on look at the news gathering process. Students incur additional travel expenses including the instructor’s travel expenses.

    • In this course students prepare for and practice writing short and long form stories about sports contests at the high school, college, and professional levels. Students produce stories in multi-platform formats including video, photography and social media use. This is an advanced reporting course aimed at students who are sports enthusiasts with the goal of becoming professional sports reporters.