Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)
The multimedia journalism major at Grand Valley State University is grounded in the liberal arts, offering students a balance of courses that integrate theory and practice, preparing them to succeed in a rapidly changing and expanding multimedia landscape.
The multimedia journalism curriculum is flexible. It includes both a strong core of course requirements and multiple elective offerings to allow students to pursue their particular media interests.
Beyond university requirements, students study a variety of core topics, including: news and society, news reporting, journalism history, journalism law and ethics, broadcast news writing and production, advanced reporting techniques, and multimedia production and presentation. Electives include introduction to radio, feature writing, sports reporting, arts and entertainment reporting, technical writing, communication policy and law, photography, audio production, and more.
Multimedia Journalism graduates find employment in all fields where strong communication and writing skills are required. Graduates find jobs in all media – print, broadcast, online – and in related fields, including business, health communications, public relations, nonprofits, community media, and government.
Why Study Multimedia Journalism at Grand Valley?
- Starting in their first semester on campus, students can become involved in student media – newspaper, radio and TV – to gain experience and to prepare them for internships and related hands-on experiences.
- The area is media rich: top 40 TV market with four commercial stations, public TV/radio stations and over 50 radio stations. Area print media include four daily newspapers and 15 weekly newspapers, and many minority, arts, business, and other specialty publications. All area media produce and present internet-based content.
- Students may apply up to 15 internship credits toward the 120 needed for graduation.
- Accomplished professionals teach as adjunct instructors and complement full-time faculty.