School of Journalism
The School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University offers an internationally recognized and accredited program designed to equip students with both the professional and technical knowledge necessary to be successful in today’s, and tomorrow’s, work environment.
Accreditation Equals Excellence
To accredit is to assure basic standards of excellence
Read below and go to the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for more information about the value of accreditation.
Accreditation is a system of voluntary self-assessment and external review of educational institutions and of professional programs offered by those institutions. Accreditation provides an assurance of quality to students, parents, and the public. In the accrediting process, the performance of educational units is measured against national standards every six years.
The process of accreditation requires a rigorous self-examination against a unit’s own mission and goals and against nine accrediting standards. The MTSU School of Journalism prepared a program self-study, the school underwent an external evaluation, first by a site-visit team composed of peers and practitioners who visited our campus to examine our School, then by the Accrediting Committee. The full Accrediting Council made the final decision to reaccredit the MTSU School of Journalism. The School was found in full compliance on all nine accreditation standards.
See and Hear What Our Students Say
Courses are taught by academically distinguished and professionally experienced faculty that includes 20 full-time tenured and tenure-track professors. The School emphasizes the fundamentals—writing, reporting and ethics—along with contemporary topics such as social media, integrated marketing communications and entrepreneurship.
The College of Media and Entertainment, of which the School of Journalism is a part, has launched the Center for Innovation in Media, bringing together the University’s two campus radio stations, WMOT and WMTS, and the school newspaper, Sidelines, along with TV broadcasting facilities. With the center’s opening, the School will further expand its course offerings that emphasize the acquisition of digital multimedia skills.
Areas of Study
There are five concentrations within the school, each with its own core faculty:
These sequences are designed to provide practical skills and experience in laboratory courses, fieldwork and internships while acquainting students with the history, theory, ethics, social responsibility and law of mass communication. Admission to the School requires candidacy in one of the concentrations.
The College of Media and Entertainment also offers graduate studies leading to a Master of Science degree in Media and Communication.
Students may also minor in the School of Journalism. Options include Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Visual Communication.
Kappa Tau Alpha
Kappa Tau Alpha, the national journalism honor society, is open for membership only to majors in any concentration in the School of Journalism whose grade point averages put them in the top 10 percent of their class.
MTSU’s chapter of KTA was founded in 2010. It is named for Dr. Edward Kimbrell, who founded the School of Journalism.
Kappa Tau Alpha is one of the oldest U.S. honor societies, founded in 1910 at the University of Missouri, the nation’s first journalism school. It is one of 64 members of the Association of College Honor Societies.
KTA is not a club; it is a recognition of honor that students earn through hard work. Membership, which is for life, is a mark of excellence that many employers will recognize, and it may help with graduate school admission and scholarships.
The KTA website is at http://www.kappataualpha.org/membership.html.