Why Media and Journalism?

The Power of Storytelling

Our academic programs are built with the end in sight: launching high-impact careers. From day one, we begin building capabilities, confidence and professional contacts so that students can land promising internships.

We are the only accredited school of media and journalism in Northeast Ohio, and one of only 115 in the world. When you invest in a professional education, national and international rankings matter.  So does performance.

From day one, our students can work for our nationally award-winning student media. From day one, our students can participate in student professional organizations.

We build media and communication leaders, as our performance in intercollegiate journalism competitions demonstrates. In 2014, we achieved impressive results in the William R. Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards – often referred to as the “Pulitzers of college journalism.” Our School finished fourth in the nation in the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism competition -- our strongest intercollegiate finish ever – and tenth in the nation in writing competitions. Our students also placed in the top 10 in the photojournalism news & features competition, television features competition, feature-writing competition and personality/profile-writing competition. Students from our School won a gold medal and three awards of excellence in the international College Photographer of the Year competition. And for the second year in a row, Kent State’s TV2 was named “TV Station of the Year” by the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association.

Where can a Media and Journalism degree take you?

TV studios and movie sets. Newsrooms and board rooms. Red carpets and runways. Multinational corporations and nonprofit agencies. Sports arenas and sports marketing agencies. The White House Press Corps and the halls of Congress.

Wherever compelling storytelling matters, you’ll find journalism and communication graduates at work. Wherever critical thinking and solid reporting make a difference, you’ll find our graduates excelling. And wherever multimedia platforms are used to inform, engage and persuade, you’ll find growing demand for the skills and experiences made possible by a Media and Journalism degree.

School of Media and Journalism graduates work across the nation and across the globe. Whether anchoring the news for CNN, leading communications for the Cleveland Cavaliers, producing TV shows like CSI-Miami or working for an ad firm in Australia, our graduates are communication industry leaders.

Kent State University’s students are ready to work because they gain real-life experience through high-impact, high-caliber internships. Our close proximity to Cleveland, Akron and Pittsburgh allows our students access to metropolitan news and media operations, corporations and nonprofit organizations. Our students also intern well beyond Ohio, in major media markets like Los Angeles and New York.

What are your journalism and communication career options? Pick your destination. We’ll help you get there.

Will there be jobs in the future?

Yes. Our skill sets are designed for flexibility, adaptability and mobility across every sector of the economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth in communication careers through 2020:

  • Reporters, correspondents and broadcast news analysts: expected growth of 14%;
  • Public relations: expected growth of 23%;
  • Advertising: expected growth of 14%;
  • Photographers: expected growth of 13%; and
  • Producers/directors: expected growth of 11%.

"Focus 2" Major & Career Information

Match Majors to Careers

U.S. Department of Labor Websites

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - Learn about occupations including responsibilities, salaries, education required, and employment outlook
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Talk with Faculty, Family and Professionals

  • Find out what a career is really like by speaking to someone in the field. Review the informational interviewing questions to ask and the list of possible people in your network to speak with.
  • Talk with your professors who have a wealth of knowledge about their career fields. 
  • Chat with family members about their work experiences and:
    • how they selected their careers
    • what they find rewarding/challenging
    • what skills they utilize
    • what their long-term goals are