School of Journalism and Strategic Media

Digital skills along with writing and critical thinking

MTSU’s internationally recognized and accredited School of Journalism and Strategic Media helps equip students with the professional and technical knowledge necessary for  success in today’s and tomorrow’s work environments.

Faculty are committed to an education model balancing professional skills with a broader understanding of history, ethics, and social impact. Professors have extensive experience in the fields they teach or have contributed valuable, nationally recognized research. Students gain real-world experience using the core techniques of reporting and writing, video, photography, audio, and social media to tell stories, to build audiences and get work noticed.

The School emphasizes digital skills for storytelling and the fundamentals—writing, reporting and ethics—to ensure that students are prepared for a host of emerging careers that require skills in social media, journalism, strategic and integrated media, public relations and entrepreneurship.

New Program: Sports Media!

Starting in the fall, students may select a concentration or minor in Sports Media! 

If you’re interested in sports reporting and editing for TV, radio, newspaper or online, sports public relations, or sports marketing communications, speak with our faculty and academic advisors.  Students complete a series of sports-focused courses in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, along with an accompanying minor. 

What is Strategic Media?  Accreditation Matters

See and Hear What Our Students Say

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media is a part of the College of Media and Entertainment[MOU3] , and includes the Center for Innovation in Media, bringing together the University’s two campus radio stations, WMOT and WMTS, and the school newspaper, Sidelines, along with TV broadcasting facilities. The Center compliments the School curriculum with further opportunities to acquire and use digital media skills.

What Can You Study?

There are five concentrations within the school, each with its own core faculty:

These concentrations provide practical skills and experience through classes, laboratory courses, fieldwork and internships, while acquainting students with the history, theory, ethics, social responsibility and law of media communication.

The College of Media and Entertainment offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree in Media and Communication.

Students may minor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media. Options include Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Visual Communication.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media is to:

  • Provide an undergraduate education combining a liberal arts foundation with contemporary media instruction and hands-on professional experience.
  • Educate students about the essential role and ethical responsibilities of a free press and media in a democratic and diverse society.
  • Prepare students for careers in journalism, communication, advanced studies and other professional opportunities in an ever-shifting media environment.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in journalism and communication through research and scholarship as well as creative and professional activity.

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