A welcome message from the Chair
Welcome to Miami's new Department of Media, Journalism and Film. In 2013 we
completed a major overhaul of how we study Media @ Miami and merged the communication department
with the journalism and film programs.
We offer several majors: Media & Culture (formerly called Mass Communication),
Journalism, Strategic Communication, and Comparative
Media Studies. We also offer a minor in communication and in film studies
that we will soon be developing into a major. At Miami, we are housed in the College of
Arts & Science. We have a strong commitment to professional skills
training across all media and to a solid liberal arts education. To that end, we ask our students
to earn a second major (or two minors). Our emphasis is in educating students broadly
(which is why we require the second major or a double minor) as critical thinkers and capable writers, while also
grounding them in various skills (for example, TV and radio production, scriptwriting, reporting,
interviewing, storytelling, editing, public speaking, and public relations).
In addition to our vibrant internship programs, many of our writing
and production classes are now partnered with area newsrooms and media companies where students
produce online, broadcast, and print projects that are published or aired. We also offer our
Inside Washington program (in partnership with political science) — either in
summer or spring semester — where our students attend class, hear speakers, meet Miami alumni, and
eventually transition to into a full time internship in their area of interest. We also offer a
summer study abroad program in Kosovo where students work in an online newsroom
(KosovoLive) four days weeks or for other companies. This past summer we launched an Inside
Hollywood program with the help of more than 30 Miami alumni who live and work in various
media companies in Los Angeles area. We are repeating this program in the January winter term and
are also developing our first Inside New York workshop.
Media & Culture program focuses on the creation, circulation, and analysis of popular media messages
(e.g., cinema, televsion, radio, social networks). Media & Culture students will investigate the aesthetic
framing, processes of production, and impact of those messages on audiences and cultures.
In Journalism, the goal is to educate students broadly as capable writers and
critical thinkers, while also grounding them in key news media practices, including basic and
advanced reporting, interviewing, storytelling, and editing skills. Courses emphasize journalism's
central role in American democracy.
The Film Studies minor integrates courses that treat film as a major art form or
that use film as a specific and unique analytical device in the study of different aspects of
society and culture, including literature, history, the arts, and national cultures. It offers a
broad introduction to importance and influence of film, variety of film studies methodologies, and
history and criticism of the modes of cinema across the world.
Comparative Media Studies explores media in a broad sense,
including not only traditional news and entertainment media, but also areas such as medical
imaging, data visualization, and geographic mapping. Students will compare such media technologies, focusing on how
media are studied by different disciplines and have been organized across different historical and cultural contexts.
Strategic Communication is the study of how individuals and organizations use
communication and media to negotiate their role in highly mediated societies. Public relations is a central aspect
of strategic communication and involves the study of how organizations influence opinions and the behavior of
key publics (e.g., employees, consumers, government, community, media) and how they try to
respond and adapt to the concerns of these publics. The curriculum emphasizes an ethical approach to public relations
and analyzes the impacts strategic communication practices have on societies.
The Department of Media, Journalism and Film features a dynamic internship that
routinely places between 60-75 students each year in for-credit and paid internships. Over the past
several years, among other places, students have worked at the Chicago Tribune, Redeye (Chicago),
San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Post, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Dayton Daily News,
Hamilton Journal News, Middletown Journal, Richmond Palladium-Item, Springfield New Suns, Youngstown
Vindicator, Oxford Press, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincinnati Business Courier, WKRC-TV and WCPO-TV in
Cincinnati, WBNS-TV and WCMH-TV in Columbus, WEWS-TV in Cleveland, CNN en Espanol (New York),
Bravo, CBS News, NBC News, NBC page program, Fox News (Washington), WGN-TV (Chicago), W Magazine
(New York), Country Living (New York), Seventeen (NY), Elle (NY), F&W Publications (Cincinnati),
Fox Sports Net (Chicago), Cincinnati Reds, and National Basketball Association (New York).
Above: MJF students Hayley Drumm and Jenny Cope (Mass Com) and Ally Shultz (JRN) were on hand for the Monday, Nov. 18, dedication of Seacrest Studios
at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, with TV/radio personality Ryan Seacrest cutting the official ribbon. The radio/TVion center inside the hospital,
which just opened this fall, offers patients and their families a welcome distraction while flexing their creative muscles. Miami's three MJF
students began interning with studio director Zach Wells this fall.