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Multimedia Journalism

EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY, NEWS IS BEING GENERATED AND DISSEMINATED AT WARP SPEED. AS A MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM MAJOR, YOU’LL LEARN HOW TO KEEP PACE AND HOW TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE THE NEWS THAT IMPACTS THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, NATION AND WORLD.

KEEP PACE WITH THE WORLD

To become a top journalist, you’ll need to know how to work in multiple media platforms. Our multimedia journalism major is an integrated program that covers print, digital, online and broadcast media. With rigorous coursework and outstanding opportunities for hands-on experience – you’ll graduate with an impressive portfolio of knowledge and experience. 

Here, you’re not a number; you’re a member of a close-knit family. When you first arrive on campus, you’ll be assigned a faculty mentor who will work with you until you graduate. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and friendships with our dedicated professors. They will guide you in your coursework, hands-on learning, internships, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and will open doors for you.

Our small setting equals big opportunity. From writing stories for the online campus paper to studying abroad, from videotaping a campus event to hosting your own radio show, you’ll discover countless opportunities to expand your horizons and build your résumé.

Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to become a mover and shaker in the world of multimedia journalism.

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

ON THE AIR

Three, two, one – you’re on the air! Whether you’re interested in broadcasting, reporting or producing, we’ve got you covered. ONU operates both a radio station (WONB 94.9 FM) and a local access television channel and studio (ONU3-TV). Our radio station serves a potential audience of 350,000 in West Central Ohio, bringing them news, sports, weather, public affairs, cultural enrichment and music. Our cable access station, and TV studio located in the broadcast area of the Freed Center at ONU, offers the latest video and editing equipment for its news, talk and special format shows. Working with seasoned professionals, you’ll get a chance to learn the ropes and be part of one – or both – of these media outlets. 

IN THE NEWS

Is print more your style? The Northern Review Online is the digital newspaper, covering all the events and happenings on campus. Whether you’re interested in writing and reporting, designing pages, taking photos, creating comics or selling ads, you’ll have ample opportunity to hone your skills in the newsroom.



THINK SUCCESS

TYLER BURNETT BA WITH A MAJOR IN MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM AND SPORT MANAGEMENT ’14

“I know how to stay organized, deal with adversity, network and use resources. The multimedia journalism major gives you the tools and expertise to know everything that’s involved with the way our society consumes media.”

Tyler Burnett majored in multimedia journalism and sport management to get an edge in the sports broadcasting industry. At ONU, he kept statistics, ran the scoreboard and delivered public announcements at sporting events. He anchored the University’s newscast and served as sports director for ONU’s radio station. He also interned at USAC in Speedway, Ind., as a traveling announcer. Today, he’s a producer for the Motor Racing Network, a national media outlet that covers NASCAR. He produces programs and content for millions of listeners on the radio and the internet. He loves the creativity of his work, the people he works with and the chance to travel.  “Nothing I face now in my career has challenged me more than anything I did at ONU,” he says. 

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • Creative Colleges: A Guide for Students, Actors, Artists, Dancers, Musicians and Writers ranks ONU a top 200 program for creative students.
  • We have great placement rates and our multimedia journalism majors found full-time employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months after graduation. 

COURSES

You’ll need 120 credit hours to graduate. 45 credit hours in the multimedia journalism major. We encourage you to use your elective hours to pursue courses or a minor that will make you more attractive to a potential employer.

Here are some courses you’ll take as a multimedia journalism major:

  • Photojournalism
  • Video Storytelling  
  • Convergent Publishing
  • Layout and Design
  • Media Management
  • Computer Assisted Reporting
  • Communication Research Methods

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Assignment editor 
  • Magazine writer or editor 
  • News producer 
  • Photojournalist 
  • Sportscaster 
  • TV reporter 
  • Disc jockey 
  • Web content developer 
  • Newscaster 
  • Blogger 
  • Radio talk show host 
  • Corporate communications

Check out where some of our recent multimedia journalism graduates have ended up: grad school at Ohio University and Elon and worked for Clear Channel, WBNS, WTVG, Comcast, Mansfield News Journal and WSYX.

Communication and Media Studies

Erin B. Swick

419-772-1088
e-swick@onu.edu
Performing Arts Center 130
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed