Languages & Literature – Journalism
The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism prepares students for roles as reporters and editors in print media. The undergraduate major is also an excellent foundation for graduate studies in journalism, as well as careers in broadcasting and public relations.
The program is headquartered at the heart of the Delta State campus, at the new S. Wayne Thompson Journalism Lab in the Nowell Union. The seminar-style classroom provides students the same powerful electronic tools as a contemporary newsroom. The adjacent newsroom of the award-winning campus newspaper, The Delta Statement, offers an on-going opportunity for journalism students to hone their skills – and at the same time serve, inform and entertain the university community.
All Delta State journalism classes are taught by media professionals, under leadership of a veteran journalist with a long track record in newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalism. Small class sizes assure budding journalists the individual attention needed to develop essential skills in research, interviewing, writing, editing, and photography and page layout.
Journalism students are able to build a broad foundation of liberal arts knowledge through strong connections with the university’s outstanding curriculum. All journalism majors build a proficiency in at least one foreign language, and explore related interests such as video production, creative writing, and web design. Many students choose to pair journalism as a double-major with a related interest, such as English or political science.
Student journalists are also encouraged to take full advantage of the Mississippi Delta setting. The region’s rich journalism heritage began with Mark Twain’s Mississippi River journals, continued with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting during the turbulent 1960s Civil Rights conflicts, and continues today through the work of many nationally-renowned journalists whose careers began in the Delta.
Before graduation, all Delta State journalism majors intern in professional media settings, including newspapers, magazines, and television stations in the surrounding Delta region, as well as state and national media organizations. Through these internships, students are able to build impressive portfolios, and make connections to begin their careers.
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