Multimedia Journalism Major
A multimedia journalism major prepares you for careers in the rapidly changing media landscape. You'll learn about publishing news across various media platforms, ranging from newspapers and magazines to television and the Web.
34% OF COMMUNICATION STUDENTS MAJOR IN MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM
INVESTED IN DIGITAL STUDIO
3 PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION CAMERAS IN THE DIGITAL NEWSROOM
Dedicated faculty members
Total Credit Hours: 120
Multimedia Journalism Courses
General Education (45 hours)
Electives, Minor, Concentration
What You'll Study
Requirements for the multimedia journalism major include:
- 120 credit hours for a bachelor of arts degree, including Virginia Tech's Pathways
- 46 credits in multimedia journalism, including:
- Multimedia Reporting
- Digital Newsroom
- Communication Law
- The remaining major requirements are completed through 38 hours in electives including 18 credits in a minor, cognate, or double major.
The program also offers a degree option in sports media and analytics. The specialized curriculum prepares you produce and deliver sports news, consider ways to promote the sports industry, and analyze data related to sports accomplishments, fan participation, and social media.
What Is a Degree in Multimedia Journalism?
You'll take courses in media history, law, and ethics that will give you a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the ever-changing field of news media. For class assignments, you'll create real news products to develop your skills in interviewing, writing, photography, and digital video production.
Why Study Multimedia Journalism Here?
Our state-of-the-art production studio will give you hands-on experience that will prepare you for careers in broadcast journalism and digital production. Our Multimedia Center will give you the experience you need for the field by using equipment that top news stations use. You will gain the knowledge needed to write and produce news stories through our hands-on courses. The analytical and critical thinking skills you'll gain will serve you in all types of communication positions.
Beyond the Classroom
Our multi-million-dollar Multimedia Center gives students the ability to run their own TV and video production studio. Using the same equipment found in professional top-50 newsrooms, classmates do their own reporting, write copy, control audio and cameras, anchor news programs, edit footage, and prepare everything for publication on their own news website.
Many assignments for multimedia journalism majors involve creating real news products you can publish immediately. You'll get opportunities to practice your craft, from hands-on courses like Media Writing or Digital Newsroom to part-time jobs like writing or broadcast positions with the Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech, the student-run college media organization.
Our faculty have a good mix of experienced industry professionals and academic scholars. Whether your interests are in a career as a communications practitioner or going on to get a Ph.D., we have a mentor for you.
By working in the field, you'll earn job experience and learn more about communication in the workplace. You will have the opportunity to explore potential career paths and network with journalism professionals.
To practice your communication knowledge and skills, we offer many student organizations. Join Lambda Pi Eta the National Communication Association, the Public Relations Student Society of America, or the Society of Professional Journalists. Our students also gain experience through the student newspaper, Collegiate Times, radio, WUVT, or television station, WVTV.
Careers and Further Study
What do I do with a multimedia journalism major?
Our graduates go on to careers in a variety of fields, working everywhere from small online publications they start themselves to national broadcast networks.
Some of the common jobs our students earn include:
- Broadcast journalist
- Sports writer
- TV anchor
- Communication director
- Marketing coordinator
- Digital marketing specialist
- Content specialist