The importance of the media and their messages is growing at an unprecedented rate. However, as mass communication technology delivers new career opportunities it also presents the challenges of reaching increasingly overwhelmed audiences and understanding the implications of this information deluge.
Small class sizes in a big-university setting 40 minutes from downtown Denver provide students with the skills to excel in the job market and also the intellectual and conceptual background to help shape the future of both new and traditional media.
The program is actively committed to helping media organizations reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. It does this through focused recruitment and retention efforts aimed at preparing underrepresented students with the skills and support to excel as media professionals.
With a history of journalism instruction that dates back to 1909, the program provides a sound liberal arts foundation and solid professional preparation. Students receive education aimed at disciplined, critical thinking and analysis through the study of media history, law, ethics, writing and social processes.
Program faculty members have major-market experience in TV, radio, newspaper, magazine and advertising. Among the faculty are leading researchers on communication policy, technology and social change, media, religion and culture, marketing and visual communication, international media development, audience behavior and mass media law.
The director of the program is Chris Braider.
The program is a leader in applying the latest mass communication technology. Students learn digital video and audio recording and editing, new-media design, efficient strategies for conducting online research and how to create advertising using the latest software.