Digital Journalism

Digital Journalism - BA MDST Major

Perhaps more than any other field, journalism is being transformed in monumental ways by rapid technological advances. Journalism students need to understand all media platforms--including print, broadcast, social media, online audio, and video--through visualized data, and in forms of media we cannot yet even imagine. Amidst this changing media landscape, journalism still takes news sense, an understanding of ethics and media law, fact-gathering ability, and storytelling skills. 

Drawing on classes from the departments of Art & Design, Communications & Theatre, and English, this multidisciplinary concentration will train students in the areas of storytelling, fact-gathering, and electronic media production to develop high-quality, ethical news content.  The concentration’s design ensures that graduates will possess the skills needed to create content for multiple media platforms.  With our exceptional course work and our established internship network, Millersville University journalism graduates will be positioned well for employment opportunities in both established and emerging news outlets.

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Careers Opportunities

The digital journalism concentration at Millersville University positions our journalism students competitively for opportunities in today’s convergent media environment.

  • Journalist
  • Media Writer
  • Digital Writer
  • multimedia Writer
  • Reporter
  • Investigative Reporter

The concentration features high tech facilities for training students in the creation of content of traditional and emerging media forms. Our brand new computer lab, one of many between three departments, features the latest software including Avid Media Composer for video editing, Pro Tools for audio, and Adobe Masters Collection CS4 for design. The lab is outfitted with a green-screen news set that complements our state of the art $1.5 million TV studio. The new TV studio and screening room now has three new HD Sony cameras, Chiron Video Playback, Tektronix Waveform system, Tascam content playback, Autocue on-camera teleprompt system, and updated audio and lighting components. Our equipment room management team is constantly updating our technology with the latest gear from HD Flip Video Cams, a Sony 5.0 Mega Pixel CD Mavica Digital Camera, Digital Drawing Tools, Wacom Pen Tablets, and Tascam recorders.

The new digital journalism concentration provides students with a multi-disciplinary perspective from art, communication, and English. With faculty who both teach and practice the arts of journalism and media production, students will receive a quality education that prepares them for a career in digital journalism. The concentration features the latest technology in facilities; up-to-date faculty who teach, produce content, and conduct research; and a community of students enthusiastic about media.

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Core Program 1 (18 credits)

Foundations in Journalism

  • ENGL 250 Press and Society OR COMM 220 Survey of Mass Media +
  • ENGL 313 Fundamentals of Journalism +
  • ENGL 315 Advanced Reporting +
  • ENGL 317 Editing for Publication +
  • ENGL 327 Feature and Magazine Writing +
  • ENGL 330 Computer-Assisted Journalism +

Core Program 2 (18 credits)

Digital Media

  • ART 144 Digital Theory and Skills +
  • ART 244 Typography II +
  • COMM 121 Intro to Audio & Video +
  • COMM 321 TV I +
  • COMM 380 Digital Media Writing +
  • ENGL/COMM/ART 300 Internship/Co-op

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

  • ENGL 472 Writing Workshop +
  • ENGL/COMM/ART 400 Internship/Co-op +

General Education (45 credits)

Millersville University's General Education curriculum is designed to cultivate the intellect by educating students to reason logically, to think critically, to express themselves clearly, and to foster an understanding of the human condition. The General Education requirements are detailed here

Electives (36 credits)

All baccalaureate majors require students to complete a minimum of 120 credits.  Completing Core 1, Core 2, the Capstone Experience, and all General Education requirements typically requires 84 credits.  Students therefore need to take an additional 36 elective credits to reach the requirement of 120. Students work with advisors to select additional courses, minors, or second majors as part of this elective block.  For students in the MDST in Digital Journalism Studies concentration, it is suggested to take 3 or more courses from the following list:

  • ART 444 Visual Communication and Interactive Design II
  • ART 142 2D Design
  • ART 240 Typography I
  • ENGL 318 Technical Skills for Journalists
  • ENGL 435 Journalism through Women's Perspectives
  • ENGL 473 Special Topics in Journalism
  • COMM 227 Communication, Culture, & Diversity
  • COMM 322 Media Criticism
  • COMM 325 Broadcast News Reporting
  • COMM 421 TV Production II
  • CSCI 111 Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers

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