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You’ve got a story to tell. However you want to tell it—as a reporter, editor, photojournalist, videographer, blogger, multimedia journalist—Loyno can help you find and shape your voice. We go beyond giving you the skills to be a great writer—we explore ethical issues in journalism, how to write for social media, and the future of journalism outside the newsroom. We are going to challenge you. We will encourage you to think. To analyze. To question. To create. Whether your interest is print, broadcast, or multimedia, at Loyno, you’ll make your voice the future of journalism.

Overview of Courses

In addition to six core courses, journalism majors choose from discipline-specific electives to personalize the program. Following a sequence for print, online, or electronic journalism, the program can truly be tailored to your interests and goals. Here’s a sample of what you can expect to learn and do:

  • Sports Communication
    Students learn the fundamentals of communicating in a sports environment. Learn how to tell compelling sports stories for print and TV. You will hear from professionals in the industry about their experiences and get hands-on experience.

  • Videography
    Videography builds skills in visual storytelling. Students work with digital video cameras to shoot, write and edit video news stories including several video news packages, one of which must focus on a social justice topic.

  • Digital Communication
    In this course students use tools like Snapchat, Instagram, Wordpress, Avid, Facebook Live, and more to create campaigns and tell stories. Students learn critical thinking skills about the technology used to produce mass media messages in modern American society. They are introduced to visual theories as well as elements and principles of design. The digital communication student leaves this course versed in current media technologies with a critical understanding of its use in creating memorable and meaningful communication materials.

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Journalism sequence curriculum

Required courses:

  • CMMN A250 Journalism 
  • CMMN A265 Photography
  • CMMN A266 Videography
  • CMMN A350 Advanced Journalism
  • CMMN A490 Journalism Capstone

Choose three major electives:

  • CMMN A225 AP Style
  • CMMN A251 News Editing
  • CMMN A260 Intro to Layout and Design
  • CMMN A316 Public Relations
  • CMMN A335 Strategic Event Planning and Promotions
  • CMMN A351 Advanced Editing
  • CMMN A360 Advanced Layout & Design
  • CMMN A354 Feature Writing
  • CMMN A356 Sports Communication
  • CMMN A357 Sports Promotion
  • CMMN A359 Advanced Journalism Lab
  • CMMN A368 Photojournalism
  • CMMN A369 Documentary Photography
  • CMMN A371 Covering the Environmental Beat
  • CMMN A382 Social Media Strategies
  • CMMN A384 Brand Lab
  • CMMN A410 Nonprofit Communications
  • CMMN A455 Media & Gender
  • CMMN A400 Theories of Mass Communication
  • CMMN A475 Environmental Communication
  • CMMN X202 Game as Art
  • CMMN X237 Media Play

Contact the sequence chair, Dr. Leslie Parr, at for more information.

Mass Communication Course Information

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