The multimedia journalism program is an integrated, interdisciplinary program that teaches students the skills necessary to work in multiple media platforms – print, digital, online, and broadcast – in the fields of journalism, public relations, promotions, or advertising. TV reporters no longer just report and shoot video; they write for their station's website. Newspaper reporters no longer just report and write stories; they shoot still photos, video, and make audio recordings for the Web versions of their stories--in addition to constantly updating their stories for the Web.
Successful completion of the major in multimedia journalism will enable students to understand the changing role and importance of journalism in modern society; use rich, precise and illuminating language; construct skillful narratives; find and assess relevant facts, interpret them and present them in a context that is concise, fair and accurate; and show familiarity with the major ethical and legal issues in journalism.
Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism; a minor is also offered. There is also a minor in Digital Media Production.
Multimedia Journalism Major Courses:
- ONU3-TV (Local Access Channel)
- ONU Cable
- College Broadcasters, Inc.
- The Northern Review
- The Northern Review - Online (2013 - 2014)
The department offers an internship program, which provides a practical educational experience that includes theory and practice. Students have held internships at such businesses as WLIO-TV (Lima), WTOL-TV (Toledo); WBNS-TV (Columbus), Clear Channel Radio, CorpComm and Mills-James Productions.
Placement and Employment
Graduates go on to work as multimedia journalists fortelevision station, newspapes and magazines. Many go onto graduate schools to pursue advanced studies at universities such as Elon College, Syracuse, Ohio University, Bowling Green State University, George Mason University, The University of South Carolina and others.
The Freed Center is home to WONB Radio: The Voice of Ohio Northern University. The 3,000-watt non-commercial station first went on the air in 1991 and operates year round at 94.9 on the FM dial. WONB also streams on the internet and can be found at : http://www.wonb.net
ONU Cable is also located in the Freed Center and serves the campus with over 70 channels of educational and entertainment programming.
Both the radio station and the cable system are professionally managed and student operated.