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Why Journalism and Communication?
The School of Journalism and Communication at Southern is an academic department dedicated to the study and practice of public relations, journalism, and other forms of communication in the 21st century.
- Prepares students for communications-related careers.
- Students also leave with skills well suited for graduate school or other careers where communication is critical, including law, business, counseling, photography, church communication, marketing, and community development, just to name a few.
- Internships and jobs are available with international partners just minutes from Southern, such as It Is Written and Volkswagen Group of America.
- Students present their own communication research at national conventions and participate in collegiate chapters of professional societies.
Students in Action
- Opportunities are available for gaining experience in writing, editing, design, photography, audio production, and videography in these and many other venues: Southern Accent (weekly student newspaper), Southern Memories (university yearbook), The Wire (newsletter), Columns (the university magazine), Strawberry Festival (the year-end multimedia production), and the Marketing and University Relations office.
- Upper-division students are provided the opportunity to take part in field related internships.
- Advanced photography students are provided with a digital SLR (DSLR) camera.
- The Communications Club plans many activities including, but never limited to, a trip to the CNN Center in Atlanta, communication-oriented community service projects, and special vespers programs.
- Students have the option of joining and participating in active journalism and communication-based clubs and societies.
- Intern at national and international media organizations located near campus, such as It Is Written and Heartwise Ministries.
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 has distinguished clubs that are student led such as chapters of Lambda Pi Eta (the official communication studies honor society) and the Public Relations Student Society of America.
- Students conduct undergraduate research and present it at professional conventions.
- Professors lead out in a photography-focused academic summer camp, drawing students from several states.
Statistics to Note
- The School of Journalism and Communication enrolls between 100 and 120 students each year.
- Journalism and communication majors are eligible for nine designated scholarships.
- Rachel Williams-SmithDean and Professor, PhD, EdD.
- Lorraine Ball, MSAssociate Professor
- Pablo Fernandez Assistant Professor
- Pamela Harris, PhDProfessor
- Alva James-JohnsonAssistant Professor
- Andy Nash, PhDProfessor
- Stephen Ruf, MSAssociate Professor
- Natalia López-Thismón, MAAssistant Professor
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”Mass communications major
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 frequently to provide the latest available technology. Students gain experience with broadcast-quality digital studio cameras, our television studio with a professional news set, and live video production equipment. The Mac Lab contains more than two dozen 27" computers loaded with Adobe's Creative Suite and other industry standard software.
- Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, Flash, and more)
- video editing software
- audio editing software
The School of Journalism and Communication provides students with a focused environment geared toward choosing the right career path. They are assisted with finding internships and networking opportunities in a job-focused environment.
Every year the campus hosts two career fairs called Meet the Firms where students explore different career paths and introduce themselves to potential employers.
Southern graduates are working as
Advertising and marketing professionals
Editors and publishers
Nonprofit managers and directors
Public relations and media specialists
Reporters for newspapers, magazines, and radio stations
Television and video producers
Avery Botticelli, Office Manager