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Media Studies

Why Major in Media Studies?

Media studies majors at Northwest learn skills to communicate clearly and effectively. Faculty focus on teaching students theories and ensuring students are proficient in written and oral communication and the ability to think critically. With broad-based knowledge of how mass media functions, this major prepares students to advance their education in graduate school.

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Career Opportunities

Job titles related to this major include:

  • Anchor
  • Producer
  • Reporter
  • Communication director
  • Copy editor  
  • Copywriter 
  • Editor
  • Play-by-play broadcaster

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

KZLXKZLX 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 MissourianThe 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 »

KNWTKNWT 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 YearbookTower Yearbook 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.

Student Media TruckNorthwest’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.

Michael L. Faust Media LabThe 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 not required but highly encouraged. Northwest offers many on-campus internships in addition to opportunities to network and gain internships with regional and nationally known agencies. Northwest media studies students have landed internships at agencies and organizations including:

  • Maryville Daily Forum
  • St. Joseph News-Press / KNPN
  • KQ2
  • KFEQ (or Eagle Communications)
  • K-Jo
  • Mix 93.3 (Kansas City)
  • The Kansas City Star
  • CBS Money Watch in Washington, D.C.
  • Esquire Magazine in New York

QuoteKaley PrierI interned with Ashley Reynolds from KY3 News (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?Quote

Kaley Prier
Springfield, Missouri

QuoteKellen BurgessI had the opportunity to be a part of a video production practicum where I served as director and cinematographer for a short film on campus. This photo shows me on the far right, during a long day of filming. I supervised the actors, lighting and video production and creation of the film. Throughout the process, I gained extensive knowledge about video production and had fun in the process!Quote

Kellen Burgess
Kansas City, Missouri

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

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.

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Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and 2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

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