Broadcast, Print, and Online Journalism

Multimedia

Journalism

—Career Track for Communication

 

Specializing in multimedia journalism, you’ll analyze the different forms of media and their utilizations, while writing, reporting, and editing articles for publication.

Our program is fully integrated with dedicated courses that focus on reporting and production for print, broadcast, and online media.

Top Reasons to choose FSC for Broadcast, Print, & Online Media

  • Our guaranteed internship promise will have you working first-hand in your field before you graduate.
  • You will have access to our digital media labs, equipped with the latest multimedia software.
  • You will gain experience working with our on-campus TV studio or newspaper.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Your focus will be on writing, reporting and producing stories in a variety of forms and through various media, as well as on the professional and ethical decisions journalists face during the storytelling process.

Departmental Clubs & Organizations

Multimedia Journalism students have several organizations to acquire hands-on experience. They write stories for the print or online version of the student newspaper, The Southern. They put their publishing and photography skills to work with the video yearbook, Interlachen. Students also have the opportunity to produce student-run broadcast programs, such as the Southern News Network.

Start the Conversation
and Contact…

Beth Bradford

Assistant Professor of Communication
863.680.3895
mbradford@flsouthern.edu

Southern - The Student Voice of Florida Southern College

Southern - The Student Voice of Florida Southern College

Student operated digital and print news organization that covers all facets of information gathering, reporting, and dissemination.

Internship Opportunities

Our majors intern with all types of media outlets, such as:

  • ESPN
  • Florida News Network
  • Home Shopping Network
  • Polk Government Television
  • Sun Sports Network (Fox Sports)
  • Tampa Tribune
  • The Ledger
  • WFLA

Special Features

Get hands-on experience, even in your first year

You’ll get hands-on experience as early as your first year by working on student-produced programs.

Students can apply for professional internships

All students in the program complete a professional internship. Because we’re located less than an hour from Tampa and Orlando, you’ll be able to pursue internships in these major markets.

Study with faculty members daily

You’ll study with faculty who have extensive experience in all aspects of the media industry, having worked as photojournalists and editors in newspapers and public relations.

Students use state of the art equipment

State-of-the-art video equipment, software, and computer labs expose you to the latest industry technology.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

Many of our graduates pursue an advanced degrees in multimedia journalism to enhance their skills and round out their journalism degree.

 

Program Requirements

Multimedia Journalism Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 42-46 hours

22 hours in core Communication major:

COM 2101 News Media Practicum I
COM 2102 News Media Practicum II
COM 2110 Media Writing
COM 3300 News and Feature Writing
COM 3320  Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
COM 3360  Online Media
COM 4300 News Media Projects
 

Choose four hours from the following:

COM 2500 Desktop Publishing
COM 3340 Advanced Video Production
COM 3353 Editing for Media (2 hour course)
COM 3355 Publication Design and Production (2 hour course)
COM 3365 Documentary Filmmaking
COM 3370 Photojournalism

 
News Camera

 

C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
or  
D. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
E. Electives 10-18 hours
F. Total 124 hours
Students working together on a project  

Course Descriptions

COM 2101 NEWS MEDIA PRACTICUM I
One hour. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of the instructor. A team-taught course across multiple media platforms that provides students practical experience in newspaper writing and production, broadcast studio production and broadcast performance, depending on student preference.

COM 2102 NEWS MEDIA PRACTICUM II
One hour. Prerequisite: COM 2101 or permission of the instructor. A team-taught course across multiple media platforms that provides students practical experience in newspaper writing and production, broadcast studio production and broadcast performance, depending on student preference.

COM 2110 MEDIA WRITING
Two hours. Effective writing for the various media. Includes style and format and differences amongst the media. Mastery of spelling, punctuation, and grammar through in-class writing assignments. Students will also produce material for student media.

COM 2500 DESKTOP PUBLISHING
Four hours. Using a simulated office environment, acquaint students with the basics of news media, public relations, and advertising electronic document layout for newspapers, brochures, magazines and online publications. Students learn basic management skills via peer-centered critiques, coaching and mentoring.

COM 3300 NEWS REPORTING AND FEATURE WRITING
Four hours Prerequisite: COM 2110. Writing and researching news and features for delivery through print, broadcast and online outlets.

OM 3320 INTRODUCTION TO BROADCAST JOURNALISM
Four hours. Prerequisite: COM 3300. An introduction to the process of electronic news gathering, video editing, and production of news packages. Live-to-tape studio production is also introduced.

OM 3340 ADVANCED BROADCAST PRODUCTION
Four hours. Prerequisite: 
COM 3320. Continues the process of electronic news gathering and producing newscasts with anchor stories and reporter packages. In-depth, hands-on instruction of digital editing and multimedia graphics software.

COM 3360 ONLINE MEDIA
Four hours. Prerequisite:
COM 3300 and junior status. The study of how to prepare and display news information online. How to critically evaluate content for an on the web. Produce multimedia stories.

COM 3353 EDITING FOR MEDIA
Two hours. Prerequisite:
COM 3300 or permission of instructor. Study of the principles and practices of copyediting, with a focus on selection of material, editing for grammar and appropriate style and accuracy.

COM 3355 PUBLICATION DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
Two hours. Prerequisite:
COM 2500. The study of the principles and practices of effectively designing and producing publications, including newspapers, magazines and newsletters.

COM 3365 DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
Four hours. Prerequisite: 
COM 1101 or permission of instructor. This course investigates various approaches to documentary genre in film and television and guides students in their own application of selected approaches, i.e. in their own thinking, writing, production, and speaking about documentary.

OM 3370 PHOTOJOURNALISM
Four hours. Prerequisite:
COM 2500 or permission of the instructor. Acquaint students with the techniques of digital photography and the skills needed for all areas of news photography. Class discussions center on the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to be successful in life and in a career in journalism. They include critiquing, coaching, training and mentoring others; best practices in photographing specific genres of news items; how to avoid legal entanglements; ethical issues of publishing; personal safety; and relevant topical issues of the day. A goal of this class is to have a photograph published during the semester.

COM 4300 NEWS MEDIA PROJECTS
Four hours. Prerequisite:
COM 3360. Special project topics that refine and apply skills learned in previous journalism classes. The production of broadcast feature segments for television and online. Real-world media convergence is emphasized in group projects.