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Journalism and New Media

Program Overview

Program Overview

Perhaps more than ever, there’s a need for reliable news sources throughout our world. Professional storytellers are needed — and we can help you become one. Learn to tell stories as a part of a traditional newsroom, as a freelancer in new environments or as a writer for broadcast, online and print outlets. You will learn how to create documentaries and videos, produce interactive media content, and write in captivating ways. 

Our graduates boast a 92 percent placement rate in the field, and that begins here. Our experienced faculty will guide and mentor you, so that you can create experiences tailored to your interests. You will have the opportunity to work for Lumination Network, our in-house, student news organization. You will have access to state-of-the art equipment and up-to-date software for editing and producing. You will learn to be an adaptable professional in an ever-changing field.

Because we’re part of a university with a history of over 125 years of Christian focus and teaching, we strive to do all of this in a way that instills the importance of integrity, honesty and truth informed by a strong liberal arts core.

Courses

Courses

Specific courses required:

  • CO 1014 - 21st Century Media
  • CO 2144 - Multimedia Storytelling
  • CO 2223 - Image, Motion, and Sound
  • CO 3013 - Cross-Cultural Communication
  • CO 3113 - Web and Mobile Journalism
  • CO 3553 - Communication Law and Ethics
  • CO 3573 - Crisis Communication
  • CO 3613 - News Reporting
  • CO 3793 - Television Newscast
  • CO 3911 - Practicum in Journalism and New Media (taken twice)
  • CO 4023 - Internship in Journalism and New Media
  • CO 4113 - Data and Interactive Journalism
  • CO 4813 - Great Ideas: Journalism and New Media
  • IT 1213 - Graphic Design Studio


Six hours selected from:

  • CO 3413 - Media History
  • CO 3593 - Innovation in Media
  • CO 3603 - On-Camera Delivery
  • CO 3623 - Advanced Reporting
  • CO 3653 - Media and Culture
  • CO 4213 - Sports Reporting


Three hours selected from:

  • CO 3633 - Digital Audio Storytelling
  • CO 3643 - Video Production and Documentary Production

Internship

Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Jimmy McCollum

    Jimmy McCollum

    Professor

    Jimmy McCollum is a professor in the department, where he has taught since 1989 (after attending Lipscomb kindergarten through college). He earned his M.S. at Tennessee and his Ph.D. at...

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  • Sarah Gibson

    Sarah Gibson

    Associate Professor of Communication

    Sarah Gibson earned her B.S. in Electronic Media from Abilene Christian University and her MFA in Radio, Television and Film from the University of North Texas. While at North Texas...

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  • Alan Griggs

    Alan Griggs

    Chair, Communications and Journalism

    Alan Griggs is a senior manager of communications with diverse experience including television news reporting and management, political and corporate communications and teaching. In his role as a media consultant,...

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  • Aerial Ellis

    Aerial Ellis

    Instructor

    Aerial Ellis is a gifted speaker and strategist who launched her first public relations firm at the age of 22. Since, she has become sought-after for her ability to help...

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  • Timothy Ghianni

    Tim Ghianni

    Adjunct Faculty

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  • Mark McGee

    Mark McGee

    Adjunct Faculty - Communication

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  • Dave Donnelly

    Dave Donnelly

    Adjunct Faculty - Communication

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  • Cory Woodroof

    Cory Woodroof

    Adjunct Faculty - Communication

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Career Paths

Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio.

Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate moving images that entertain or inform an audience.

Writers and Authors

Writers and authors develop written content for various types of media, including advertisements; books; magazines; movie, play, and television scripts; and blogs.