Majors and Minors

School ofJournalism and Communication

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Overview

The School of Journalism and Communication at Southern provides students with the latest skills and knowledge in the diverse world of communication.

  • The program is broad, comprehensive, and balanced.
  • Faculty members have a strong network locally and beyond for helping students find internships and positions.
  • Small class sizes enhance student learning on high-tech equipment.
  • Students and faculty forming a close-knit community.

Faculty

  • Linda CrumleyLinda CrumleyDean and Professor
  • Lorraine BallLorraine BallAssociate Professor
  • Lynelle EllisLynelle EllisAssistant Professor
  • Tara HargroveTara HargroveAssistant Professor
  • Pamela HarrisPamela HarrisProfessor
  • Andy NashAndy NashProfessor
  • Stephen RufStephen RufAssociate Professor
  • Greg RumseyGreg RumseyProfessor
  • Kendra Stanton-LeeKendra Stanton-LeeAssistant Professor

 The professors are
worried not only
for our academic
growth, but also for
our personal growth.
 Jessica Gonzalez, ’14Mass communications major

School of Journalism media studies class

Interesting Facts

Students in Action

  • Southern’s radio station, WSMC Classical 90.5, has an all-student staff of announcers and producers, and offers internships in addition to employment opportunities.
  • Opportunities for gaining experience in writing, editing, layout, design, photography, audio production, and videography are available on campus in these and many other venues: Southern Accent (weekly student newspaper), Southern Memories (university yearbook), Strawberry Festival (the year-end multimedia production), Southern Communicator (newsletter), Columns (the university magazine), and the Marketing and University Relations office.
  • Students have access to 14 digital audio workstations equipped with ProTools editing software.
  • Advanced photography students are provided use of a digital SLR camera and a new studio.
  • Students in broadcasting have access to HD video cameras and workstations equipped with Final Cut Pro editing software.
  • An active Communications Club plans trips to the CNN Center in Atlanta, communication-oriented community service projects, and special vespers programs.
  • Southern has a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official communication studies honor society, and a chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America

Marks of Distinction

  • Faculty members are experienced professionals with backgrounds in television reporting and production, newspaper reporting, television and radio broadcasting, corporate communication, public relations, and many other communication fields.
  • The School of Journalism and Communication continually updates curriculum to respond to the industry trends and meets the standards of the Accrediting Council of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
  • Computer technology and broadcasting equipment are upgraded every year.

Statistics to Note

  • The School of Journalism and Communication enrolls between 150 and 170 students each year.
  • Journalism and communication majors are eligible for nine designated scholarships.

Facilities

Classrooms and Labs

The School of Journalism and Communication (on the first floor of Brock Hall) is designed to facilitate team building and networking among faculty and students. An open area in the main office creates a hub for meetings and a seating area for reading the numerous periodicals and newspapers provided. Software and equipment are updated constantly to provide the latest available technology. Students gain experience with broadcast-quality digital studio cameras, a television studio with a professional news set, and live video production equipment. The Intel Core duo iMac Lab contains 25 computers with 24-inch screens. SLR cameras and up-to-date software are provided for photography, web design and publishing projects.

Software

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, Flash, and more)
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Mudbox
  • XSI
  • Final Cut Pro
  • DVD Studio Pro
  • Pro Tools
  • Avid

Careers

The department assists students with job placement through local, national and international internship connections; local and national job seeker network affiliations; and Meet the Firms, a career fair held twice each year on campus.  Southern graduates are working as:
  • advertising and marketing professionals
  • development directors
  • editors and publishers
  • non-profit managers and directors
  • photographers
  • public relations and media specialists
  • reporters for newspapers, magazines and radio stations
  • research assistants
  • television and video producers

Contact

Janita Herod, Office Manager
jrherod@southern.edu
423.236.2330