Is your passion news, sports, or entertainment reporting? MTSU students can prepare for careers as multimedia journalism professionals by studying all aspects of electronic news reporting, including television, radio, and online. This program, part of the Journalism concentration, emphasizes hands-on learning to develop writing skills; use of equipment; and production of news, sports, and entertainment reports. Students produce actual live television news broadcasts that air on the student-run cable television channel, MT10. Student reports also air on MTSU’s two FM radio stations, WMTS-FM and WMOT-FM. Internships with professional television and radio stations provide students with opportunities for real-world experiences.
This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.
Mass Communication graduate Ken Strickland (’89, Radio/TV) has been promoted to vice president of NBC News and named Washington, D.C., bureau chief. He joined NBC in 1995, serving as an associate producer for Dateline and a White House producer and then helping cover Capitol Hill where he won an Emmy. Strickland started at Nashville's ABC affiliate WKRN and won a Peabody Award at NBC affiliate WVTM in Birmingham, Ala. His first "real job" after college was working as a tape editor for CNN in Atlanta. “My experience at MTSU—and I was there long before digital journalism crept in—put me far ahead of my competitors,” Strickland said. By the time he graduated, he had written for NBC affiliate WSMV on the weekend, edited tape for CBS affiliate WTVF, and served a summer internship at CNN where he edited during Democratic Convention coverage.
For the first time in the University’s history, an MTSU student has won a national College Television Award from the Academy of Arts and Science Foundation. That student is senior Erica Doyle, producer of Koure TV, a documentary-meets-magazine-style show that airs on student-run campus television station MT10. Only 23 students of the 600 who competed nationally from 154 schools won awards. “Erica showed us what’s possible when you take full advantage of the resources we offer our students,” says Billy Pittard, chair of MTSU's Department of Electronic Media Communications. EMC students also brought home seven 2012 Tennessee AP College Broadcasters Awards, including both coveted Best of Shows: Shawn Anfinson (radio) and Michelle Potts, Kelsey Lebechuck, and Russ Johnson (TV) for <em>VOTE 2012</em>. <br /><span>c.Academy of Television Arts & Sciences</span><br /><span>Photo Credit: PictureGroup</span>
A specialization in multi-media journalism (sometimes referred to as electronic media journalism) offers students a training ground for working in broadcast reporting and news management for television, radio, and emerging media. Examples of career possibilities include
MTSU's School of Journalism offers work leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Mass Communication. Concentrations are available in
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Undergraduate or graduate students outside the College of Media and Entertainment may choose to minor in Mass Communication with an emphasis in any of the School of Journalism’s concentrations.
A Master of Science (M.S.) degree is available in Mass Communication, and a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Recording Arts and Technologies.
Stephen Leon Alligood
Leon Alligood, associate professor, joined the MTSU faculty in the fall of 2008 following almost 30 years as a reporter. For 22 years he was based in Nashville, first at the Nashville Banner, then The Tennessean. While at The Tennessean, he primarily wrote human interest and narrative stories on a variety of beats. He also was an embedded reporter covering the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Iraq. His writing has won awards in national, regional and state contests. He currently teaches Reporting, Feature Writing, Multimedia Reporting and Immersion Journalism. He is married to Bertie, an elementary school principal. They have two grown sons and three granddaughters.
Dr. Christine Eschenfelder
Christine Eschenfelder began teaching at the MTSU School of Journalism in the fall of 2015, bringing to the classroom years of professional experience in television news. She worked for more than a dozen years in television news as a reporter, anchor, assignment manager, and producer in local television markets. She is dedicated to diversity and generating stories with viewer benefit. Christine also believes in the power of great storytelling; bringing an issue to life through exceptional writing and captivating images. She has been honored with several industry awards including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.
Dr. Eschenfelder earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida. She is passionate about teaching the skills, theories, and ethics of the profession to young journalists. Dr. Eschenfelder is strongly focused on the future of journalism and has a commitment to excellence in teaching. The courses she teaches at MTSU include Media Ethics and Electronic News Writing. Dr. Eschenfelder taught broadcast journalism courses at the University of Florida before joining the journalism faculty at MTSU.
Her research focuses on newsroom diversity, women in television news, work-life balance, and broadcast journalism educational.
Dr. Jennifer Bailey Woodard
Jennifer Bailey Woodard, was trained and educated in journalism as an undergraduate at MTSU. She joined the faculty of the School of Journalism after graduating from the University of Georgia with an M.A. in mass communication. She received her Ph.D. at Indiana University-Bloomington in mass communication. While at IU, she concentrated on scholarship that would enhance her ability to teach students the value of a diversified newsroom and the role that technology would play in their future job opportunities.
She currently teaches courses on convergence, digital writing, podcasting, audio journalism, women in the media and race, class and gender. Dr. Woodard has published articles and reviews in such journals as Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Communication, and The Communicator. She is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication where she has served on numerous committees including chairing the Minorities and Communication division. She is also a member of the Broadcast Education Association.
(Same as EMC 1020/RIM 1020.) The power of the mass media and its effect on social institutions and practices. Develops skills of qualitative and quantitative social science research in the area of mass communication processes; examines media as social, cultural, and economic institutions that shape the values of American society, its political dialogues, its social practices, and institutions.
Essential production techniques and applied technical skills necessary to arrange, shoot, edit, and produce a television news story in the field. All facets of electronic media news field production covered including camera work, lighting, audio, and editing.
Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalents. Theory and practice of writing for print and electronic media according to the techniques, styles, and formats of various media. Laboratory required.
Prerequisite: JOUR 1020/EMC 1020/RIM 1020. Professional skills necessary to create digital platform stories that integrate audio, photo, video, and text.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. The development and role of motion pictures in America, including the history of films and filmmakers, the influence of film on American culture, and film criticism.
Introduces students to fundamental issues in Health Communication. The development of health communication, the role of interpersonal communication in health care, the design and challenges of public health campaigns, intended and unintended health messages in news and popular media, the structure of health care organization, and key ethical issues in creating and disseminating health messages to diverse audiences.
Prerequisites: EMC 2500 and EMC 3060. Introduces social media history, approaches, and practical application. Overview of social media usage within and on behalf of organizations and institutions through a practical analysis approach that focuses on the application of social media techniques.
Prerequisite: JOUR 2710. Theory and practice of basic journalism skills, including content gathering, storytelling, evaluating, writing, and processing of news.
(Same as RIM 3100.) Prerequisite: RI major - admission to candidacy; others - permission of instructor. Introduces students to different academic and theoretical approaches to popular music as a social and cultural phenomenon. A discussion oriented class that is both reading and writing intensive.
Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.
Stresses reporting, writing, and presenting radio news. The history, philosophy, and regulation of electronic media news. Laboratory required.
Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.
Prerequisite: JOUR 3090 with minimum grade of C. Theory and practice in the art of copy editing, including editing, language skills, newspaper style, news judgment, headline writing, photo editing, cutline writing, and page design.
Prerequisites: JOUR 2132 and JOUR 3430 with minimum grade of C. Theory and practice in the gathering, editing, and writing of news for electronic media. Attention given to on-the-air presentation. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.
(Same as EMC 3510.) Development of American journalism and the mass media from Colonial times to the present, including the role and influence of mass media on American culture, technical advances, and contributions of individual personalities.
(Same as ADV/PR/VCOM 3520.) Prerequisites: JOUR 3090 or permission from the School of Journalism. Special topics in journalism, advertising, public relations, and visual communication focusing on practical applications. Topics change each semester and have included investigative, environmental, sports, and political reporting; visual editing; international public relations; and advertising account management. May be repeated up to 6 credits.
Prerequisite: JOUR 2710 or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of writing feature stories for newspapers and magazines. Assignments in writing for professional publications as well as the student newspaper.
(Same as EMC 3570.) Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy.
Responsibilities and skills required of the individual performer in preparing, announcing, and narrating of various types of materials for television and radio.
Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.
Prerequisites: Junior standing; permission of instructor. Practical experience in an on-campus mass communication setting. Note: Total credit for practicum and internship courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite: JOUR 3530. Types of magazines and editorial needs; practice in magazine article writing.
(Same as EMC 3600). Prerequisite: EMC 1020/JOUR 1020/RIM 1020. Enables students to develop an informed and critical understanding of media messages and media culture as well as their social, cultural, and political contexts and implications. Students develop the critical thinking skills and methods of analysis necessary to interpret media content in a digital age. Offers ways to think critically about media as they relate to citizenship and democracy.
(Same as EMC 3650/RIM 3650.) A general introduction to the issues surrounding free expression and its relationship to mass media in contemporary America. Comprehensive analysis of the history, philosophies, cases, and controls associated with freedom of expression.
Prerequisite: JOUR 2710, permission of instructor, or permission of the School of Journalism. Introduces research methods used in advertising, journalism, public relations, and strategic communication. Provides experiences in scientific research and data analysis, including quantitative and qualitative methods, content analysis, experiments, surveys and focus groups for diagnosing, planning, managing, and evaluating situations.
Prerequisites: JOUR 3430, JOUR 3500, and EMC 3570/JOUR 3570. Theory and practice of television journalism, including use of electronic news-gathering equipment, evaluating and processing news for broadcast, and delivery of television news. Laboratory required. Three-hour lecture plus up to three-hour lab per week.
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing; permission of the internship coordinator. Advanced students gain practical experience in a professional setting. Note: Total credit for internship and practicum courses cannot exceed 3 credits. Pass/Fail.
(Same as EMC 4210.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Theories of the process of mass communication, how media affect society, the evolution within a social and cultural context, ethical and social dimensions. Extensive reading in theory, history, and research. Media-content emphasis varies depending on instructor's expertise.
Examines television as a cultural product, communication tool, "mirror on the world," and as an agent for social change. Explores censorship, sponsorship, ethics, and the impact of context on content. Focuses on role that television has had and continues to have on constructing notions of gender, race, class, and difference.
(Same as EMC 4250.) Prerequisites: JOUR 1020; junior standing. Examination of legal guarantees and restrictions on the flow of information using the case study method. Focus on libel, privacy, obscenity, and the special restrictions placed on advertising, broadcasting, cable TV, and the Internet.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Theories and practice of reviewing and criticism in the mass media. Overview of current trends in film, theatre, music, books, and other entertainment media. Practice in critical and analytical writing.
Prerequisite: JOUR 3090. Advanced theory and practice in news reporting, emphasis on coverage of governmental affairs and other public affairs-related assignments, including an introduction to interpretive and investigative reporting techniques.
Prerequisite: Junior standing. Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of scientific inquiry with specific emphasis on quantitative research methods. Introduces major theories and methods of scientific inquiry in the field of communication including psychological and sociological perspectives, survey research, content analysis, experiments, observational research, and statistical analysis. Explores audience analysis, media effects, message testing, campaign evaluation, political communication, public opinion, and new media technologies.
Provides a critical overview of the historical, intellectual, and theoretical foundations of cultural studies with specific emphasis on research methods. Explores popular culture, comparative media systems, global media flows, and new media technologies, among other topics pertinent to media and journalism.
Prerequisite: Junior/Senior standing or permission of instructor. Examines the role of the mass media in maintaining national security. Topics include history, legal, and operational concerns from both media and the government perspectives. Discusses the tension between maintaining national security and American traditions of civil liberties and the role of both the media and government in these discussions.
Prerequisite: Junior standing. Approaches to understanding media audiences. Examines tensions between the business and public functions of media, and social and ethical conflicts related to media marketing.
(Same as EMC 4790.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Systems and philosophies associated with gathering international news and news coverage in different regions. Looks at global communication systems and ownership; examines how cultures shape news and the role of the individual in reporting news internationally. Includes discussion of development issues and role of global advertising and public relations.
Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination and critical evaluation of issues relevant to the operation and functions of mass media, including their relationships to each other and to government, advertisers, consumers, and other publics. May be repeated up to 6 credits.
(Same as EMC 4810.) A close comparative study of chosen media systems in regions of the world. Examines print, broadcast, entertainment, and new media in Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim Region, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. Media interactions with an influence on the geographic, demographic, linguistic, cultural, economic, and political structures of countries.
(Same as EMC 4820.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Critical examination of diversity in mass communication with particular emphasis on media representations of race, gender, and class. Also examines audience interpretations of media texts.
(Same as EMC 4850.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Examination of ethical concerns of media practitioners illuminated by study of selected current ethical issues and an overview of the cultural and philosophical basis of socially responsive mass media.
Prerequisite: Senior status. Issues faced by graduates upon entering the professional world or graduate school. Topics include preparation of the professional portfolio, the resume and cover letter, post-graduate study, and professional advancement. Should be completed by majors in the School of Journalism in either of their last two semesters prior to graduation.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent study projects or research related to media issues or professions.
Students work on developing good writing skills while conducting original research in their areas of interest. Students will critique each other's writing in a peer-workshop environment, as they edit and revise their own writing--building to a journal-quality research paper presented to the class in a conference-like setting.