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Welcome To The Department

I’m glad to have this opportunity to tell you about our expanding program, top-notch faculty, and award-winning students.

 

The Department of Journalism and Communication (JCOM) is a professionally oriented program that encourages students to build marketable skills on a foundation of media history, theory, law, numerical literacy, and ethics. The communication industries are evolving, and the Department is evolving with them. Starting in fall 2019, we will offer a Social Media area of emphasis in addition to our Public Relations/Corporate Communications, Broadcast/Electronic Media, and Print tracks. As the traditional media lines are blurring, we are preparing students for careers that transcend those lines—but we also hold fast to what doesn’t change, such as the importance of reporting and writing well, serving publics, and applying solid ethical principles.

 

JCOM students learn from faculty who are doing what they teach, from multimedia production and nonprofit public relations to journalistic writing and mass media research. The Department is small enough for faculty to get to know their students but large enough to offer a range of opportunities through internships, a Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, the award-winning A-TV News broadcast, the student-run Aggie BluePrint magazine, and undergraduate teaching and research assistantships.

 

Our graduates move into careers or graduate programs. JCOM alumni currently work as social media content managers and analysts, web content specialists, multimedia journalists, strategic communication specialists, event planners, newspaper reporters, marketing directors, television news anchors, video producers, university professors, and more.

 

The way we look at it, professional communicators are more valuable than ever in today’s media-saturated, information-clogged world. Feel free to contact me at cathy.bullock@usu.edu or 435/797-1412 if you want to learn more about the JCOM major and minor. I look forward to working with you.


Cathy BullockCathy Bullock
Department Head
Journalism and Communication
Utah State University
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