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
KITCHENS IN THE CENTER FOR REAL LIFE KITCHEN DESIGN
Total Credit Hours: 120
Multimedia Journalism Courses
General Education (up to 45 hours)
Electives, Minor, Concentration
What You'll Study
The major in multimedia journalism offers a general option or concentration in sports media and analytics. Requirements for the multimedia journalism major include:
- 120 credit hours for a bachelor of arts degree, including Virginia Tech's Pathways or Curriculum for Liberal Education
- 46 credits in multimedia journalism, including:
- Multimedia Reporting
- Digital Newsroom
- Communication Law
- The remaing credits are completed through two options: including:
- The general option offers 38 elective credits including 18 credits in a minor, cognate, or double major
- The sports media and analytics concentration includes 23 elective credits and 15 credits of related course, including:
- Introduction to Sports Media
- Topics in Sports Communication
- Sports Journalism
- Broadcast Management
- Broadcasting Performance
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. And you'll create real news products for class assignments 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. 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 has 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