College of Communication and Information

Journalism

13:1

Student/Teacher Ratio

1688

Total Undergraduate Students

15

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Schyler Simpson, Ph.D

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(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information

College of Communication and Information

Office of Student Services

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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
  • Social Media Reporter
  • E-Book Creator
  • New Service Writer
  • 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. Two 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.

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.

Four Year Plans

 

Degree Requirements

120 Credit Hours (EXCLUDES: KHP service courses, EXP courses, and remedial courses)
Complete all UK Core requirements, Graduation Writing, BA or BS requirements, and one statistics course
42 Hours at the 300 level or above
2.00 cumulative GPA and 2.00 major GPA required to graduate

Pre-Major Requirements–9 Hours 
JOU 101—Introduction to Journalism
JOU 204—Writing for the Mass Media

Required Courses Outside the Major 
One Political Science Course

Students must complete an official minor

 

Broadcast/Multimedia

Major Requirements–39 Hours
JOU 302—Radio and TV News Reporting
JOU 304—Broadcast News Decision Making
JOU 404—Advanced TV News
6 hours JOU/ISC/MAS 300+ level
JOU 330—Web Publishing and Design
JOU 455—Mass Media and Diversity (Subtitle required)
JOU 498—Multimedia Storytelling
JOU 531—Media Law
JOU 532—Ethics of Journalism and Mass Communication
JAT 399—Internship

Choose One*
JOU 485—Community Journalism
JOU 499—Advanced Writing and Reporting (Subtitle required)

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JOU 535—History of Journalism
JOU 541—The First Amendment, Internet and Society

 

Print/Multimedia

Major Requirements—39 Hours
JOU 301 News Reporting
JOU 303 News Editing
9 hours JOU/ISC/MAS 300+ level
JOU 330—Web Publishing and Design
JOU 455—Mass Media and Diversity (Subtitle required)
JOU 498—Multimedia Storytelling
JOU 531—Media Law
JOU 532—Ethics of Journalism and Mass Communication
JAT 399—Internship

Choose One*
JOU 485—Community Journalism
JOU 499—Advanced Writing for the Mass Media (Subtitle required)

Choose One
JOU 535—History of Journalism
JOU 541—The First Amendment, Internet and Society

 

* Broadcast multimedia students may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in JOU 404 Advanced TV News, for a second time.

A PORTFOLIO is required for graduation.


Historical Major Sheets 

2018-19 Major Sheet

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Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Broadcast and sound engineering technicians set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for radio programs, television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings, and movies.

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Median Salary

$41,350

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

117,200

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

7,700

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

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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.

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Median Salary

$52,470

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

58,900

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

6,400

new jobs (average)

Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians
  • Editors
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Photographers
  • Producers and Directors
  • Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts

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Writers and Authors

Writers and authors develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, blogs, and other online publications.

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Median Salary

$58,850

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

136,500

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

3,100

new jobs (average)

Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Announcers
  • Editors
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts
  • Technical Writers

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Producers and Directors

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

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Median Salary

$69,100

per year in 2017

Number of Jobs

122,600

in 2017

10 Year Job Outlook

11,100

new jobs (average)

Similar Occupations

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Actors
  • Art Directors
  • Dancers and Choreographers
  • Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators
  • Multimedia Artists and Animators
  • Top Executives
  • Writers and Authors

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Schyler Simpson, Ph.D

Director of Recruitment and Retention

(859) 257-7800

College of Communication and Information

College of Communication and Information

Office of Student Services

9 Blazer Dining