Multimedia Production & Journalism Major

Drury University

Program Description

Multimedia Production & Journalism Major

Drury University

Today’s media creators are expected to do it all: Photography, writing, videography, graphic design, web development. Drury Students do it all.

With this training, our graduates pursue careers in: filmmaking, news and sports reporting, video production, web development, public relations, and social-media management.

Our majors choose from one of two emphases:

  • Production Emphasis
  • Journalism Emphasis

The multimedia production and journalism major is designed to expose undergraduates to an array of media and message shaping for those media, through a mix of theory and practice. As a part of a liberal arts university, ours is a program with a distinct focus on critical analysis, ethical standards, reporting and writing for print, broadcast and online media platforms. Students will also learn radio and TV production and programming as well as Internet communication.

Drury University multimedia production and journalism majors gain “real world” experience in the Shewmaker Communication Center’s television studio, Carole Lambert Studios, and ration station, as well as in the computer publishing and newspaper labs. They also produce a creative senior project and a senior portfolio, which represents their accomplishments and growth during their years at Drury.

Program of Study

The multimedia production and journalism major must complete 36 hours of coursework: 33 hours of required courses and three hours of elective courses. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Please note that COMM 211 Presentational Speaking is a prerequisite for COMM 351 Principles of Persuasion and Influence. Students should complete COMM 211 early in their degree program.

Core Courses

  • Foundations of Communication Theory
  • Multimedia Production I
  • Communication and Ethics
  • Principles of Persuasion and Influence
  • Web Communication
  • Senior Seminar

Major Requirements

  • Multimedia Writing
  • Media Law
  • Principles of Multimedia Production II

Broadcast Emphasis

  • Studio Production
  • Advanced Electronic Media and TV Activities

Journalism Emphasis

  • Photojournalism
  • Investigative Reporting

Choose three hours from the following electives:

  • Radio Activities
  • TV Activities
  • Journalism Activities
  • Introduction to Argumentation and Debate
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication Theory
  • Mass Media and Society
  • Organizational Communication
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Advanced Journalism Activities I and II
  • Selected Topics
  • Research
  • Internship
  • Grammar and Style
  • Writing for Stage and Screen

There are numerous extracurricular activities available within the communication department community. KDRU (the student radio station) encourages multimedia production and journalism majors to get involved with the operation of the station from working air shifts to management roles. DUTV (the student TV operation) offers students the opportunity to become involved in television production activities, from producing and directing to operating cameras and building sets. Students also are encouraged to get involved with the other communication department activities like The Mirror (student newspaper), and AD/PR Club.

Senior Portfolio Requirement

All communication majors, and those planning to declare a major, must keep a file of important assignments completed in communication courses and in the general education program. Items to be placed in the file include any written assignments graded or evaluated bythe instructor, written projects, speeches, internship projects and audio/video materials. The contents of the file will be used to develop a senior portfolio, a course requirement in COMM 493 Senior Seminar. The senior portfolio is a reflective document that provides evidence of a student’s learning achievements and it may be used to facilitate career planning, job search activities and/or admittance to graduate study.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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