The School of Media and Journalism is one of five Schools housed within the Kent State College of Communication and Information (CCI). CCI is the only college in the nation that offers degree programs from five distinct but interrelated fields of study – media, design, communication, information and digital technologies.
We are housed in Franklin Hall, a modern, multimedia facility that sets the standard for other journalism schools. Franklin Hall is part of Kent State University’s iconic front campus and is located at 550 Hilltop Drive. The 1926 building underwent an extensive two-year renovation and expansion and reopened in 2007. We’re not done, however. Franklin Hall was built for future flexibility, and it’s still evolving.
Our Vision & Mission
The School of Media and Journalism at Kent State University will be the most relevant, student-centered and ethically driven accredited program in the country. We provide our students with a solid academic experience that balances both conceptual and practical courses, professional opportunities and multiple internships, all of which are grounded in a foundation of ethics in a diverse and global society.
The School of Journalism was founded in 1937 and has steadily grown and changed over the years. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication moved into the newly renovated Franklin Hall (1926) in 2007. The renovated building and 20,000-square-foot addition completed in 2008 provides the backbone of a robust and modern facility for today's School of Media and Journalism.
The School of Media and Journalism has a history of sustained excellence. In all of our disciplines – advertising, digital media production, journalism and public relations – our students consistently rank among the best in the nation in national competitions, year after year.
Kent State houses one of three accredited schools of media and journalism in Ohio accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). Accreditation matters. It signifies that a program meets rigorous national standards for excellence, as evaluated by peers and practitioners in the field.
Media Law Center for Ethics & Access
The School of Media and Journalism houses the Media Law Center for Ethics & Access which provides advice and counsel for anyone - journalists, government officials, or members of the public - answering questions about ethics or access or related media law concerns. The Media Law Center for Ethics & Access to be reimagined in 2022.