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Program Overview

Become a well-rounded storyteller in our program that pairs journalism fundamentals with the latest media technology. Gain the research, reporting, editing and visual skills needed to succeed as a journalist, and understand how to use the tools that will set you apart in today's mass media landscape.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 2-4 years
Credit Hours: 21 - 48

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Our program combines fundamental journalism training and the latest technology and trends in the media world. You'll learn everything from the building blocks of good reporting to the cultural implications of our evolving media landscape.

You’ll take courses in research, reporting and editing. You’ll gain valuable professional experience through an internship.

You can choose to pursue our public relations concentration or take electives on topics like graphic design, sports reporting or social media.

Our journalism major offers students the flexibility to pair with a minor in another subject or take a wider variety of classes.

Program Highlights

You'll have opportunities to gain real-world experience through:

  • Our award-winning, student-run newspaper, Central Michigan Life; our multimedia student lifestyle and features publication, Grand Central Magazine; or our student-run PR agency, PR Central, which serves campus and community clients.
  • A required internship. Previous internship locations include The Associated Press, the Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post, the Michigan House of Representatives, the American Red Cross and numerous public relations agencies.
  • Our unique internship program with China Daily, China's largest English language newspaper, based in Beijing.


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You’ll learn the skills of an investigative reporter and the strategic thinking of a PR industry professional. Our program combines public relations principles, fundamental journalism training, and the latest technology and trends in the media world.

Careers & Outcomes

Our program sends prepared graduates to organizations and jobs across the media spectrum. You may work for a firm or agency serving many clients, or in-house for a company or institution.

Career Projected Salary
Reporter $48,370
Public Relations Manager $129,430
Internal Communications Manager $79,582
Social Media Strategist/Specialist $56,770
News Analyst, Reporter, and Journalist $55,960
Copywriter $62,360
Media Planner $52,560

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