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College of Communication and Information

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

201 Franklin Hall
Tel: 330-672-2572


The Bachelor of Science in Journalism comprises four journalism concentrations: broadcast news, magazine, multimedia news and photojournalism.

In the Broadcast News concentration, students learn to report, write and produce news for television and radio stations. Students may work at TV2, which broadcasts news daily on a local cable network, Black Squirrel Radio and Graduates can find employment in radio or television news and online news sites.

In the Magazine concentration, students learn all aspects of the reporting, writing, editing and production of digital and print magazines. Students also work at The Burr,, the Daily Kent Stater and Graduates can find writing or editing positions at magazines, newspapers or news web sites.

In the Multimedia News concentration, students learn all aspects of the reporting, editing and design of print and online news. They work for the Daily Kent Stater and for at least one semester as part of a reporting class and many continue their involvement beyond that course. Most graduates find employment at daily newspapers or news web sites.

In the Photojournalism concentration, students study the visual reporting of news. This concentration is for students who have good visual perception and want to demonstrate this skill through photography. A dynamic portfolio is needed to break into this career, and the courses are geared toward producing one. Graduates find employment at newspapers, magazines or other print publications as well as online publications where visual presentation of news ins required.

Journalism and mass communication majors supplement their coursework with an internship in their field of specialization. Other opportunities for practical experience include news, production, management, sales, performance and advertising positions on the campus newspaper, the Daily Kent Stater, and its online edition; the campus television station, TV-2; the campus radio station, Black Squirrel Radio; and the campus magazine, the Burr, and its online edition.

Career Opportunities

As technological innovation changes how news is delivered, journalists increasingly will be working for online or mobile outlets. Students learn all facets of multimedia. As the ownership of media shifts, they also are encouraged to seek out opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship in courses or projects.

Admission Requirements

General Admissions for Freshman Students
Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Current Kent State students wishing to pursue a major in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication must have an overall GPA of 2.000 or higher to be admitted directly into one of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication majors/concentrations.

Progression Requirement
A major GPA of 2.700 and a minimum a 2.000 cumulative GPA must be maintained to continue taking JMC courses.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 124 credit hours and a minimum 2.700 major GPA and 2.000 cumulative GPA are required for graduation. Minimum 72 credit hours taken outside the discipline, see requirements for acceptable courses. Only general elective courses may be taken as pass/fail, of which maximum 12 credit hours may be taken as pass/fail. 

Students must maintain a 2.700 major GPA and a 2.000 cumulative GPA in order to continue taking JMC courses. Failure to do so will result in not being permitted to enroll in JMC courses. In addition, no grade lower than a C- (1.700) in a JMC course will be counted toward graduation or as a prerequisite for a subsequent class.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities. For more information contact the Office of Global Education or CCI's Coordinator of International Programs.


Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Student Organizations

National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, National Press Photographers Association, Franklin advertising Association, Kappa Tau Alpha. Student Media: Artemis, The Daily Kent Stater, The Burr and Cyburr, UHURU, Luna Negra, Fusion, TV2, Black Squirrel Radio,

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