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Journalism and Media Communication

North Central College
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Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
24 August 2022

Program description

Journalism and Media Communication

Journalism and media communication prepares students to become modern media practitioners, practiced in the art of storytelling across a variety of platforms and technologies. Students are able to put together a unique program suited toward their future goals with an emphasis in journalism, video/TV or radio.

You can also:

  • Apply for staff positions at the award-winning Chronicle news magazine and NCC Linked news website. Students can contribute to and get published in Chronicle/ as early as their freshman year.
  • Work for North Central’s student-run radio station, WONC, named the best college radio station in the country in 2015. Students can be on the air as soon as their first week on campus.
  • Get involved with the NCC’s Video Practicum, putting your video production skills to work producing news stories and other short videos.
  • Intern at area television and radio stations.
  • Study abroad with programs that enhance or complement the journalism and media communication curriculum.

Admission requirements

Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): North Central requires an official TOEFL score of at least 79 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). (Our institution code: 1555)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): North Central also accepts official IELTS overall scores of 6.5 with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher.
  • ACT or SAT: Students may also submit official SAT or ACT scores in place of the TOEFL.
    • Most successful applicants choosing this option have earned at least a 500 on the EBRW section of the SAT or at least a 19 on the English section of the ACT.
    • Our institution codes are: 1555 (SAT) and 1096 (ACT).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Journalism and Media Communication, B.A.

Core Courses

  • Global Media in a Digital Age
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Newsgathering I
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Multimedia Production Capstone

Production Fundamentals

Three of the following:

  • Introduction to Broadcasting
  • Digital Media Writing
  • Video Storytelling I
  • Copy Editing
  • Social Media
  • Introduction to Digital Audio
  • Photo Journalism
  • Digital Art and Design

Advanced Production

Three of the following:

  • Video Storytelling II
  • Newsgathering II
  • Digital Journalism
  • Broadcast News
  • Screenwriting
  • Special Topics in Journalism and Media Communication
  • Advanced Digital Audio Production
  • TV Studio Production
  • Seminar in Journalism and Media Communication

History and Theory

One of the following:

  • History of Journalism
  • Media Criticism
  • Media Institutions

Media Practicum

Three semesters of the following:

  • Video Practicum
  • Radio Practicum
  • College News Practicum

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information

Tuition fees

Tuition fee: $42,026 per year

Career opportunities

Recent graduates in Media Studies are employed as:

  • Playback Operator, Big Ten Tonight, Big Ten Network
  • Producer/Editor, Traffic Pulse Networks
  • Anchor/Reporter, Newsy
  • Copy writer at MACLYN
  • Video Editor, Verizon Media
  • Associate account manager for Lever

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North Central College

North Central College is a nationally ranked institution located in Naperville, Illinois, a thriving suburb just thirty minutes by train from Chicago. Our students have access to state-of-the art facilities and distinctive programs, particularly in the sciences and business. At...

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North Central College

30 North Brainard Street
60540 Naperville IL
United States of America (USA)

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