Why Kent State JMC
One measure of the strength of a school – and its student body – is competitive evaluation by practitioners and peers in award competitions. By this measure, Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s performance has been consistently outstanding over the years.
- Each of our major student media outlets – the campus newspaper, television station, website and general interest student media magazine – has been recognized as one of the best in its class, nationally and regionally, three or more times over the last six years.
- Teams of Kent State public relations students have earned honorable mentions and two second-place rankings in the national PRSSA Bateman Case Study Competition in five of the last six years. The competition asks students to research, develop, implement and evaluate a public relations campaign for a national client.
The Academic Experience
The craft of story sharing: This is the important and enduring work of today’s communicators. Within one School, we offer undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees in advertising, digital media production, journalism and public relations, and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Our degree programs build and refine the storyteller’s craft by helping students understand how to gather, shape and present information in ways that engage, inform and persuade audiences.
Our programs are designed to prepare graduates to work in their chosen fields and to succeed in a constantly changing media landscape. Housed in Franklin Hall, we are equipped with an HD digital TV studio, a multi-media newsroom, a focus group room, internet radio station and a virtual reality and film editing lab. The experience JMC students get working with technology in our building prepares them to be quick learners and innovators as they take on professional jobs and internships.
Beyond the Classroom
JMC students are engaged in extracurricular activities and student jobs related to their majors and interests far beyond what their classes require:
- More than 700 students work four our ten student media outlets, which produce content for TV, radio, print magazines and newspapers, websites and social media and reach thousands of people every day. Any student can get involved in these opportunities beginning Day One of freshman year.
- The College of Communication and Information houses its own professional, student-powered design agency, Ideabase/Glyphix, in downtown Kent, giving students the opportunity to work with outside clients, develop their portfolios and collaborate with students from programs other than their own. In addition, University Communications and Marketing offers public relations and integrated communications and marketing jobs for students through Flash Communications. Flash Communications students work with Kent State University clients.
TeleProductions is Kent State University's full-service video production center, which provides the university and the surrounding community with a wide range of media services, technical and instructional support and award-winning video and audio productions. Student jobs are available, working in a fully digital high-definition satellite uplink/production truck, a television production studio, a video duplication center and several post-production edit suites.
- Student organizations within JMC provide leadership opportunities and connect students to industry professionals.