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Northwest Missouri State University


About the Department

  • 374 students currently enrolled
  • 84 students graduated from the program in the past year
  • Hands-on experience your first year, with a radio station, television and/or print media, including a weekly newspaper, an online news site, a yearbook with DVD supplement and an online magazine
  • Award-winning media outlets recognized regionally and nationally
  • Championship-winning Speech and Debate Program, led by a National Championship caliber coaching staff
  • Faculty with real-world experience who get to know you personally
  • Alumni working as television anchors, radio morning hosts, designers at large metro dailies, prominent advertising and public relations agencies, and film production studios in Los Angeles
  • Cutting-edge technology with digital, high-definition broadcasting facilities and news websites converging video, audio and print news stories
  • Contacts with media professionals who meet one-on-one with students to critique portfolios, participate in job shadows or just share their experiences
  • Degrees in advertising, communication (with emphasis in interpersonal communication, organizational communication, public relations, or rhetoric), interactive digital media, mass media (with emphasis in multimedia journalism, sports media, broadcast and production, or applied advertising), and speech/theatre education
  • Scholarships and work opportunities to reward students who have excelled in their newspaper, public relations, radio, and/or television work
  • Scholarship opportunities to reward students who have excelled as members of the Speaking Bearcats, the Northwest Missouri State University Speech and Debate Team
  • Smaller class sizes to allow stronger, more personal instructional styles
  • Internships have included: Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Bozell Advertising, CNN, Des Moines Register, Department of Veterans Affairs, ESPN , Family Circle magazine, Field & Stream magazine, The Kansas City Star, Omaha World Herald, NBC Studios, The Sporting News, St. Joseph Mustangs, Trails West, Under Armour, and VML Advertising
  • BS Ed program prepares competent, qualified, and enthusiastic secondary speech and theatre teachers, meeting teacher certification standards in Missouri for grades 9-12 speech and theatre