College of Communication and Information

Journalism

13:1

Student/Teacher Ratio

1688

Total Undergraduate Students

15

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Schyler Simpson

Director of Retention and Engagement; Director of CI Connect Living Learning Program; Interim Recruiter

(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information

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  • BA
  • BS

The Journalism major prepares students for leadership roles in rapidly changing media by requiring a strong core of journalism courses within the rich context of a liberal arts education. Journalism students learn about industry structures, ethics, regulation, media law, history, and about the media’s role in an increasingly diverse society.

Careers

Career opportunities in Journalism include:

  • Sports Information Director
  • News Analyst, Reporter or Journalist
  • News Producer
  • Social Media Planner
  • Communication Specialist
  • News Editor
  • Technical Writer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Copywriter
"When I entered my first upper-level journalism class, my professor told everyone she wouldn't let anyone leave that classroom until they were ready to work in a newsroom. She wasn't kidding. Seven years later, I'm still using the skills I learned in that class in my current newsroom."

Bryan Kennedy

Reporter/Anchor with WXXV-TV News 25

Journalism Major

Students develop analytical and critical thinking skills to communicate with audiences across all media platforms. Three areas of interest prepare students for long-term careers as reporters, photographers, videographers, editors, publishers, producers, anchors, social media content managers, or other professions that require experience in writing, reporting, editing, curating, printing, broadcasting, web or social media. All students learn about traditional as well as new media. Capstone experience includes maintaining a daily multimedia blog.

Students can choose one of the following pathways:

Broadcast/Multimedia

Students gain on-air experience at the student-run radio station through producing, writing and airing daily newscasts and producing a weekly half-hour community affairs broadcast. They produce, report and anchor a daily, live newscast for a local cable channel.

Print/Multimedia 

Students may write, edit, design and report for the independent, student-run, daily newspaper as well as other campus publications.

Sports Journalism

Students gain focused knowledge and training to equip them for broadcast, print, and multimedia careers in the ever-growing sports industry.

 

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Imagine Your Future

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for media programs.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$43,660

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

144,300

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

11,500

new jobs (average)

Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers
  • Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators
  • Announcers
  • Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers

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Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate moving images that entertain or inform an audience.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$65,070

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

87,500

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

5,800

new jobs (average)


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Writers and Authors

Writers and authors develop written content for various types of media.

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Median Salary

$73,690

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

151,200

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

5,600

new jobs (average)


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Producers and Directors

Producers and directors make business and creative decisions about film, television, stage, and other productions.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$82,510

per year in 2023

Number of Jobs

175,300

in 2023

10 Year Job Outlook

11,700

new jobs (average)


Enhancing Your Time at UK

While there are endless ways to create an unforgettable journey as a Wildcat, we can only think of one that gives you the chance to step outside the classroom and into exploring new parts of the world around you: participating in an Education Abroad opportunity! Whether it’s in a study, research, service, or internship program, taking your UK experience international with EA is the most hands-on way for you to expand your global perspective while making yourself a more well-rounded, marketable candidate to future employers no matter your field. As you take these first steps towards investing in your future, EA encourages you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the many suggested opportunities UK Education Abroad & Exchanges has to complement your major! #ukyabroad

 

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Schyler Simpson

Director of Retention and Engagement; Director of CI Connect Living Learning Program; Interim Recruiter

(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information