Journalism

Journalists are reporters, watchdogs, storytellers. The Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism teaches students how to cover real stories that make a difference. Whether using a camera, a microphone, a smartphone or a laptop, students become journalists by doing journalism inside and outside the classroom. 

Gaining critical skills that equip them for storytelling in all its forms, students will practice their craft in Kent State’s award-winning student media. Working with these outlets, students will learn how to engage audiences where they “live,” on TV, radio, online, social media and in print. Journalism students will produce news and feature content on visual, digital and emerging platforms, and they’ll apply what they’ve learned as part of the required professional internship. 

The journalism program is housed in Franklin Hall, situated on the edge of campus near downtown. Students work collaboratively every day in our multimedia student newsroom, television studio, magazine offices, radio station and business office. Students also have access to video editing suites with virtual reality capabilities, sound editing and recording labs and a fully stocked equipment check-out room/training lab. 

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National Distinction

Photo of student media leaders
Kent State is home to one of only three accredited journalism and mass communication schools in Ohio. 

While they are students, journalism majors at Kent State earn some of the highest honors in collegiate journalism. And as alumni, they continue that trend, continually being recognized with Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Awards and more. Sixteen of our alumni have earned Pulitzer Prizes, some of whom now teach in our School.


Concentrations

Students can choose from one of these concentrations:

  • Broadcast Journalism: Reporting, writing and producing for all platforms, with a focus on video and audio 
  • Emerging Technology: Augmented reality-based storytelling, mobile app development and content, data visualization 
  • Multimedia and Magazine: Reporting, writing and editing for digital and print; includes multimedia and data skill development 
  • Photojournalism: Visual aspects of news reporting and storytelling, with a focus on developing a strong portfolio 

Career Outlook

With a grounding in ethics and an understanding of media’s role in democratic society, students graduate prepared to continue as journalists or apply their skills to other professions that value critical thinking, information gathering and the ability to make sense of it for others.

 

You'll find our alumni working as:

  • Opinion Editor, USA Today Network
  • Senior Producer, NPR
  • Multimedia/Online Reporting for
    • Washington Post
    • The Athletic
    • Forbes.com
    • And many other online news sites
  • National Projects Designer at GateHouse Media
  • Live Content Creator, Major League Baseball
  • Editing and production for trade publications covering:
    • solar energy
    • tourism
    • wildlife
    • automotive
    • landscaping
  • Reporting and producing for daily news outlets in the major cities of:
    • Las Vegas
    • Columbus
    • New York City
    • Seattle
    • Portland
    • And more
  • Communications managers in:
    • higher education
    • healthcare
    • nonprofits
    • government entities
    • And more

"(My favorite memory at Kent State is) my experience with TV2 News. I wouldn't be anywhere near the journalist I am today without it. ... The School of Media and Journalism here at Kent is like no other and truly prepared me for the next steps in my career."

Melissa Meyers, '21, Multimedia Journalist, WBTW News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

Class of 2021: First Jobs

  • Jenna Borthwick

    Jenna Borthwick

    Next Destination: Associate Producer at News 5/WEWS Cleveland

  • Alex Gray

    Alex Gray

    Next Destination: Producer-in-Residence at KGV Portland, Oregon

More Alumni

  • Anchor, Fox 5 Washington, D.C.

    Anchor, Fox 5 Washington, D.C.

    Jeannette Reyes, '12, is a newscaster for FOX 5 Morning and Good Day D.C. in Washington, D.C. She says: “I am so grateful I chose journalism and went to Kent State because aside from having really good professors, I had a great hands-on program that put me ahead of the game." 

  • Global Journalist, Cambodia

    Global Journalist, Cambodia

    Kiana Duncan, '18, developed a passion for traveling during her time at Kent State, always taking advantage of every opportunity she had to study abroad and get new experiences, and upon graduating, she's turned that love into her career.

  • Senior Producer, Brand and Marketing, WKYC Cleveland

    Senior Producer, Brand and Marketing, WKYC Cleveland

    Alumnus David Hrvatin is part of the vast network of professionals that works behind the scenes to make a television newscast come alive and deliver information to communities.

  • Senior Producer, NPR

    Senior Producer, NPR

    Jinae West got her start in journalism as an intern at the Washington Post — always searching for big and bold opportunities. Now, 10 years after graduation, she's working as a senior producer for an NPR radio show and podcast. Read more about her career in audio storytelling, an up-and-coming field.

  • Opinion Editor, USA Today

    Opinion Editor, USA Today

    After earning a Pulitzer Prize for her work with the Arizona Republic, Kristen DelGuzzi, '98, made the move to Washington, D.C., where she is now Opinion Editor at USA Today. She says: "Without (my professors') guidance, I wouldn’t be where I am now – standing among professionals I admired as a student, with my name on a list of people I have looked up to for as long as I can remember.”