Journalism, Sports Media Concentration, B.S.

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Journalism, Sports Media Concentration, B.S.

The Sports Media concentration in the Bachelor of Science in Journalism program is offered through the School of Journalism and Strategic Media in the College of Media and Entertainment at MTSU.

The Sports Media concentration offers students from all majors an opportunity to gain additional exposure to the sports industry and its impact on society. This emphasis can be beneficial for students who wish to pursue sports careers in print/online media, public relations, promotions, marketing communications, and broadcast journalism. You don't have to be a pro athlete to appreciate the thrill of the game. Sports Media connects your passion with a multitude of exciting career options. Many of our students have found employment in radio play-by-play, TV sports, newspaper and online sports reporting, sports public relations, and sports marketing. Many others work in industries where at least part of the job is involved in some way in the sports industry.

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MTSU's School of Journalism hosts Come to Voice event

MTSU's School of Journalism hosts Come to Voice event

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media recently held Come to Voice, an event conducted in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County. Come to Voice affords children the opportunity to gain experience with new and useful technologies; this year's activities included recording podcasts, learning about audio editing, and visiting the Extended Reality Stage. The event was put together by Drs. Jennifer Woodard and Ken Blake, with Kinsey McBride and Bianca Spencer working with and supervising the visiting group

MTSU's School of Journalism hosts AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

MTSU's School of Journalism hosts AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media recently hosted the 2023 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium. The event drew almost 150 participants from all over the country who gathered to listen to and moderate panels discussing a variety of topics. Highlights included a presentation from keynote speaker Dr. Kathy Roberts Forde, a preconference workshop hosted by the SoJSM's own Drs. Ken Blake and Jun Zhang, and a special appearance by MTSU mascot Lightning. This was the first time MTSU has hosted the event.

News Briefs

MTSU's School of Journalism hosts Come to Voice event

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media recently held Come to Voice, an event conducted in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Rutherford County. Come to Voice affords children the opportunity to gain experience with new and useful technologies; this year's activities included recording podcasts, learning about audio editing, and visiting the Extended Reality Stage. The event was put together by Drs. Jennifer Woodard and Ken Blake, with Kinsey McBride and Bianca Spencer working with and supervising the visiting group

MTSU's School of Journalism hosts AEJMC Southeast Colloquium

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media recently hosted the 2023 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium. The event drew almost 150 participants from all over the country who gathered to listen to and moderate panels discussing a variety of topics. Highlights included a presentation from keynote speaker Dr. Kathy Roberts Forde, a preconference workshop hosted by the SoJSM's own Drs. Ken Blake and Jun Zhang, and a special appearance by MTSU mascot Lightning. This was the first time MTSU has hosted the event.

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CAREERS

Sports Media connects your passion with a multitude of exciting career options. Some career options include:

  • Communications
  • Content Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Play-by-play
  • Podcasting
  • Producing
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media
  • Sports Information
  • Television Reporter

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Degrees

MTSU’s School of Journalism and Strategic Media offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a major in Advertising and Public Relations or Journalism.

Concentrations within Advertising and Public Relations include:

Concentrations within Journalism include:

For complete curriculum details, click on REQUIREMENTS.

Undergraduate or graduate students outside the College of Media and Entertainment may choose to minor in Mass Communication with an emphasis in any of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media’s concentrations.

Master of Science (M.S.) degree is available in Media and Communication.

Accreditation Equals Excellence

About 1,000 schools across the US offer study in journalism, public relations or some form of media.  Only 112 of these are accredited journalism and media programs.  We’re proud that MTSU is one of these.

Accreditation is a voluntary self-assessment and external review by educators and media professionals.  The reviewers examine program resources, classes and student success. Every six years, MTSU’s program is measured against national standards to ensure that we’re offering the best, most up-to-date experience we can provide. Accreditation provides an assurance of quality to students, parents, and the public.

The MTSU School of Journalism and Strategic Media was found in full compliance on all nine accreditation standards.

Go to the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for more information about the value of accreditation.

Our Mission Statement

The School of Journalism and Strategic Media’s mission statement is comprised of five key points:

  • Provide an undergraduate education combining contemporary media instruction with hands-on professional experience.
  • Educate students about the role and responsibilities of a free press and media in a democratic and diverse society.
  • Prepare students for careers in journalism, communication, and strategic media in an ever-evolving media environment.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in journalism, communication, and strategic media through research, scholarship, creative, and professional activity.
  • Create an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity in its curriculum, organizations, and community engagement through its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

A PDF copy of the Mission Statement can be downloaded here.

Our Strategic Plan

The SoJSM’s Strategic Plan can be viewed here.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan

The SoJSM’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan can be viewed here.

Our Assessment Plan

The SoJSM’s Assessment Plan can be viewed here.

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