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School of Communication & Journalism

  • Communication and Journalism are exciting, dynamic and fast-moving fields of study. From the morning newspaper to online publications, personal presentations, advertising and public relations messages, tweets, and blogs to the nightly news broadcast, communicating is an integral part of our everyday lives. The School of Communication & Journalism offers a variety of majors each balancing the breadth of a liberal arts curriculum with the depth of a professional career curriculum. Students acquire career communication skills through traditional in-classroom learning and hands-on experiential projects.

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  • School of Communication & Journalism News
    • It’s More Than Just A Game: MSUM to Host 2019 Sports Conference
      Speakers ranging from 10-time X Games Gold Medalists to FM Redhawks will describe the impact sports have had on them […]
    • Welcome to the #DragonFamily: Kay Beckermann
      Meet MSUM’s new School of Communication & Journalism professor, Dr. Kay Beckermann. She is so excited to work with students, fellow […]
    • Dragon Business Cruise
      Wednesday, Sept. 25 | 1-5 p.m. | Moorhead businesses Join us for our Fall 2019 Dragon Business Cruise on Wednesday, […]
    • Dragon Business Cruise featuring Moorhead
      Join us for a cruise of select Moorhead businesses to explore how the use of workspace impacts company culture and […]
    • Featured Employer: H2M
      Thursday, Sept. 12 | 3-4 p.m. | Center for the Arts 163 H2M brings their intelligence, intuition and insight to […]
    • Campus News earns Crystal Pillar in broadcasting awards
    • Social Media Day: Building Community with Social Media
      Friday, April 5 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Comstock Memorial Union You are invited to Social Media Day, […]
    • Dr. Ocaña presents co-authored research at conference in Czech Republic
      Dr. Anthony Ocaña (Communication Studies, School of Communication and Journalism) presented his co-authored research this past weekend in Prague, Czech […]
    • Survey on Dragons for Diversity campaign
      Dragons for Diversity is a student led public relations campaign that discusses the importance of diversity and its impact on […]
    • MSUM Marketing, Foundation, students win ADDY awards
      The MSUM Marketing Team, MSUM Foundation and students won several awards at Friday night’s American Advertising Federation’s (AAF-ND) ADDY Awards. […]
    • Cultural Diversity in Fargo-Moorhead
      Thursday, Feb. 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | CMU 203 Join PRSA Foundation Bateman Case Study Competition participants in welcoming Christian Harris– the Executive Director […]
    • Broadcast Documentary class premiere of ‘Powwow on the Plains’ and ‘Trades and Traditions’
      Thursday, Jan. 31 | 7-10 p.m. | Fargo Theatre (4715, 314 Broadway N, Fargo, ND) On behalf of the Broadcast […]
    • Dr. Hest presents at National Communication Association Annual Convention
      Dr. Theresa Hest, Communication Studies, is presenting at the National Communication Association Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah on […]
    • ‘The Prairie Post Office’ receives top honors from North Dakota Library Association
      The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota took top honors in the Notable State Government […]
    • Holtan wins two national awards from National Federation of Presswomen
      Merrie Sue Holtan, School of Communication and Journalism, won two national awards from the National Federation of Presswomen. Holtan placed […]
    • Dr. Hest to present at Communication and Theatre Association of Minnesota Annual Conference
      Dr. Theresa Hest, Communication Studies, is presenting at the Communication and Theatre Association of Minnesota Annual Conference in St. Cloud […]
    • Bearing Witness: The Art of the Photojournalist
      MSUM gallery exhibit features Forum photojournalists The work of three local photographers who gained reputations for outstanding news photography are […]
    • Spunky senior graduates with honors, checks degree off bucket list
      By Danielle Page On May 11, Marijo Vik will walk across the stage in Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Nemzek Fieldhouse […]
    • Holtan earns three writing awards at NDPC spring conference
      Merrie Sue Holtan, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, earned three writing awards from North Dakota Professional Communicators at the NDSU […]
    • The #1 class for your resume
      Flypaper, MSUM’s student-run ad agency, is looking for copywriters, designers, web developers (using Wix, WordPress and other open source platforms), […]
  • Benefits of MSUM's School of Communication & Journalism
    MSUM School of Communication & Journalism students learn by doing, not just from textbook theories and case studies. Students gain relevant, hands-on experience outside the classroom through a multitude of collegiate competitions, student organizations and internship opportunities. This hands-on approach allows students to graduate with a strong, diverse portfolio and samples of real-world work that are sure to impress future employers.
    Our faculty have years of experience working in the media profession prior to teaching, and are eager to share their firsthand experience with students. Nationally recognized, practicing professionals also teach a number of courses and provide students with incredible connections in the industry.
    MSUM School of Communication & Journalism students consistently produce award-winning television broadcasts, newspaper articles, advertising and public relations campaigns, blogs, photographs, documentaries and more. Employers are familiar with the regional and national contests, and recognize the skill and dedication it takes to win—which our students frequently do.
    The Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism, housed in the School of Communication & Journalism, gives students the opportunity for scholarships, apprenticeships and enrichment programs, including conferences and professional collaboration.
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    Becca Leback, Broadcast Journalism
    Our students produce the most compelling stories.
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