Many of the Pacific Northwest’s leading reporters, producers and editors began their careers at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
The Journalism & Media Production major focuses on the reporting and editing processes, current mass media issues, and the legal and historical precedents that have shaped the field. In the lab, students are exposed to digital editing technologies designed to help storytellers be more precise in reporting and editing across all media platforms.
Beyond the classroom, students can participate in numerous opportunities that extend the student learning experience into the professional world. Students can manage and write for The Daily Evergreen, a daily print newspaper. There is also the Murrow News Service, which extends student reporting into the professional market through two Pacific Northwest news bureaus. In addition, students meet many news media professionals by participating in the WSU chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and the Online News Association.
WSU’s Journalism & Media Production program provides “real world” experience with audio and video production via both studio and field training in their courses and WSU’s Cable 8 Productions.
Students in the Broadcast news sequence are exposed to both radio and television news reporting. Through the radio news class, they are responsible for daily newscasts on KUGR (the student-operated radio station), and may gain additional experience on Northwest Public Radio. In television news they generate nightly cablecasts, which they anchor, shoot, edit, and produce.
The quality of the Journalism & Media Production sequence has earned students recognition from media professionals nationwide. Students recently won awards in television spot news, non-deadline news, and television documentary categories in a regional competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.