The Journalism & Media Program at IU Southeast offers two tracks: Multimedia Journalism and Public Relations. Our program's focus is on helping you to be career-ready by emphasizing five core skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and curiosity. In both tracks, you’ll create work and develop a strong professional portfolio that will help you land internships and jobs.
In the Multimedia Journalism track, you will develop practical skills in interviewing, news and feature writing, managing web content, coordinating social media, designing print and digital publications, and creating multimedia stories. You’ll create publishable pieces of content in your classes. The cornerstone of the Multimedia Journalism program is the two-semester internship on the national award-winning campus multimedia news organization, The Horizon. We also operate a professional Internet radio station, Horizon Radio, through which students can also gain valuable media experience.
In the Public Relations track, you will develop practical skills in interviewing, writing press releases, managing web content, coordinating social media, designing print and digital publications, engaging with news media, and developing PR campaigns. You’ll work with real community clients in service projects that are incorporated into your classes.
Students can receive either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in the Journalism & Media Program. The BA option requires students to take four semesters of a single foreign language as well as courses in ethical reasoning/diversity, natural sciences, social sciences, and history. This Bachelor of Science option requires students take classes in Informatics, a field that focuses on how information technology is applied to various professions, as well as additional courses in life, physical, computer, behavioral, or social sciences.
Why you should study Multimedia Journalism or Public Relations at IU Southeast:
- Your classes will help you develop real-world skills, where you tell real stories and work with real community clients. Our new curriculum includes courses in social media strategies, visual communications, and multimedia storytelling, among others.
- Your classes will be small. Many journalism classes are capped at 15 to allow for significant student-faculty interaction.
- You’ll be at the only university in the Louisville metro to offer a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
- Your work will be recognized. Our students have won many national, regional, and state awards, including winning a Pacemaker Award (the Pulitzer of college journalism) and a Society of Professional Journalists national Mark of Excellence Award, among others.
- You will enter the job market with a powerful and versatile degree. Nationally, recent college grads who majored in journalism or PR were more likely to find jobs than college grads overall, according to a recent study.
- You will get experience and build a portfolio by working on The Horizon, the student-run multimedia news organization or by working on class projects with local clients, like a recent project where students told video, audio and written stories about local businesses and community leaders.