Journalism & Media Communication Bachelor of Arts
Department of Journalism & Technical Communication
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Do you enjoy writing? Would you like to write about current news events, important social issues, or the exploration of new developments in art, travel, entertainment, science, technology, or business topics? Does investigating and reporting real, behind-the-scenes stories intrigue you? Does the fast moving world of public relations and promotion of the latest products, interesting places or new ideas sound exciting to you? Would you like to use modern techniques and the tools of video communication and television news production to inform people about what is happening around the world? Are you interested in writing or producing information for the Internet? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, then a major in Journalism and Technical Communication may be just for you.

The study of journalism, mass communication and specialized media combines high-level professional training with a broad foundation in the liberal arts. All students complete a common 21-credit core, including writing, multimedia and conceptual courses, as well as a capstone course and an internship. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to select an additional 19 credits in a focus area crafted to match their career interests. Practical experience can be gained on the staffs of the daily Rocky Mountain Collegian, the award-winning campus television station CTV, College Avenue magazine, and KCSU-FM Radio. Graduating seniors present professional portfolios for assessment by panels of faculty and communication professionals from Denver and elsewhere in Colorado. Because successful communicators require broad knowledge, this flexible program encourages development of a background in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and in-depth study in an area of interest outside journalism. The addition of a minor or double major in disciplines such as political science; information technology;psychology; the arts; or natural or applied sciences is possible.

The Department of Journalism and Media Communication is one of a relatively small number of departments formally recognized by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Participation in volunteer activities, cooperative education opportunities or communication-related part time jobs is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development.

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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Strong interest in and aptitude for writing
* Strong interest in mass communications
* Interest in a broad liberal arts education
* Ability to meet deadlines
* Ability to work in a team or independently
* Desire to investigate and analyze a variety of topics
* Ability to glean and synthesize information from a variety of sources
* Interest and aptitude for working with sophisticated communications technology
* Ability to pay attention to detail

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
The Journalism and Technical Communication program emphasizes the role of mass media in society and prepares students for entry-level work in a variety of capacities in private business, government, and education. Depending upon the concentration chosen, students may enter print and broadcast news media, public relations and marketing departments in private businesses and public institutions, publications firms and agencies oriented toward specialized and technical audiences, and a variety of professional positions related to news video and computer-based communication technologies. Participation in internships, volunteer activities, or cooperative education opportunities is highly recommended to enhance your practical training and development. Career occupations include but are not limited to:
* News reporter/editor
* Publication editor
* Media consultant
* Public relations specialist
* Technical writer
* Photojournalist
* Investigative journalist
* Advertising specialist
* Television/Radio broadcaster
* Television camera operator
* Documentary producer
* Special events coordinator
* Technical advertising specialist
* Video producer/editor
* Fundraising specialist
* Public speaker
* Travel writer
* Columnist
* Advertising placement specialist
* Communications officer
* Program director

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* Society of Professional Journalists
* Public Relations Student Society of America

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Journalism and Media Communication
C225 Clark Bldg
1785 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1785
970-491-6310
http://journalism.colostate.edu/
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions and Undergraduate Recruitment
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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