Welcome to the Journalism & Mass Communication program at the University of Colorado Boulder.
On June 27, 2014, the University of Colorado Board of Regents created a new College of Media, Communication and Information that includes Journalism & Mass Communication. Read more about the new college, including an FAQ for current CU-Boulder students.
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.
Our program is engaged in several exciting initiatives:
An Innovative Curriculum
JMC students are required to take the equivalent of a double major in a second academic field, so they enter the work force with detailed knowledge and skills in two subjects. The curriculum has been enthusiastically received by JMC students, employers and advocates of journalism education reform.
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CU News Corps
Under faculty supervision, advanced students report on major breaking news events using digital storytelling tools. The students also do in-depth project reporting that has been praised by media outlets including the Columbia Journalism Review. Their work is offered to and often published by professional news outlets.
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Students regularly partner with major local and national news outlets. They have produced videos for the PBS NewsHour and they run a blog for The Denver Post’s national, web-based project “American Homecomings,” about returning veterans. Students also serve on an advisory board for the local Boulder Daily Camera and Colorado Daily.
JMC will soon join a new multidisciplinary college – the College of Media, Communication and Information – that will include academic departments from across the campus specializing in digital media. The college, for instance, will include film studies faculty to teach student journalists about video storytelling, and graphic arts professors to train advertising students in the latest skills. The new college gives JMC students the opportunity to graduate with the latest in digital media skills.
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 Christopher 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.