The Northwest Difference
Students majoring in mass media with an emphasis in multimedia journalism learn about the creation of news content. Faculty teach the practice of compelling writing skills and research techniques as well as production including layout, formatting, editing, photography and videography. At Northwest, students have opportunities to gain hands-on experience as soon as freshman year.
Minor in Journalism
A minor is available.
100% of students who graduate with a degree in mass media with an emphasis in multimedia journalism obtain employment or continued their education within six months after graduation. Jobs related to this major include:
- Communications specialist
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
KZLX is the student-led radio station serving the Maryville area. The station plays the most up-to-date and popular artists while providing fun, upbeat and quality entertainment to the community. The station is a two-time winner of the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Award recognizing the top college radio station in the nation.
The Northwest Missourian is the student-led weekly newspaper covering news on campus and the community of Maryville. The publication is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame and a winner of multiple individual and team awards each year. Visit the Missourian »
KNWT is the student-produced television station with original programming for the campus and community. KNWT has received multiple nods as a finalist for the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Award recognizing it as the top college television station in the nation.
Tower Yearkbook is Northwest’s student-led yearbook and annually documents campus life. A national leader, the yearbook is an Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame member and regular Pacemaker finalist.
Northwest’s student Media truck serves as a mobile radio and television studio, equipped with tools that allow students to broadcast remotely and produce live and scheduled programming.
The Michael L. Faust Media Lab provides an active learning environment that provides students with the newest media tools. It is outfitted with Mac computers, large monitors and multiple flat-screen televisions synced with a Smart Board.
Internships are required with this major. Northwest offers many on-campus internships in addition to opportunities to network and gain internships with regional and nationally known agencies. Northwest journalism students have landed internships at agencies and organizations including:
- The Kansas City Star
- Maryville Daily Forum
- St. Joseph News-Press
- Northwest's Office of Communication and Marketing
- Mix 93.3 (Kansas City)
I interned with Ashley Reynolds from KY3 News (in Springfield, Missouri). Reynolds would let me shoot the same stand-ups that she did, which are clips in the middle of a news story. This picture is one of the few stand-ups that I did. Who knew bug repellant would be such a fun topic for a stand-up?
I served as the intern for 41 Action News’ weekday morning television show, “Kansas City Live.” “Kansas City Live” focuses on the people, places and personalities of Kansas City, Missouri. I was definitely put to work, but along the way I met amazing people and gained invaluable skills that I will carry with me into my future endeavors. My internship made this summer the best one yet!
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.