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Journalism

Are you curious? Are you interested in current events or passionate about advocating for social change? Or maybe you’re creative and like storytelling - verbally or visually. Journalists connect people to the world through print, web, social media, television and radio. 

What is it?

The state of journalism is alive and well...it’s just different. Journalism today means deciphering the truth in a world of information overload. It means knowing how to tell a story online, through social media, and with augmented and virtual reality. It means using your voice for social justice and the greater good.

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Careers:

Reporter / Correspondent
$37,820

Broadcast News Analyst
$56,680

Film and Video Editor
$62,760

Program Director
$70,950

What You’ll Learn

Journalism is a career and a calling. It’s telling real stories about real people that impact lives. Whether it is a breaking news story, a sports story or a documentary, journalists are charged with seeking the truth and making it known. Through our flexible and hands-on curriculum, WVU Reed College of Media students learn to write, report and produce content across media platforms; engage with a variety of audiences; and gain valuable real-world experience by working with actual clients. In addition to our fundamental Journalism courses, students also have the opportunity to take a variety of special topics courses, such as adventure travel writing, data journalism and visualization, health communications, magazine design, social media strategy, sports journalism, virtual and augmented reality, and environmental journalism. All coursework is done in the College’s modern facilities, giving students access to the latest digital technology and hands-on tools.

Students also have opportunities to get involved and engaged outside of the classroom. Specifically, the College is home to many student organizations, including the WVU Student Chapter of Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession and includes industry professionals, journalism educators and students. Professional speakers and industry experts work with students at WVU to develop their journalism skills, and students get hands-on training and true industry experience.


WVU Journalism students intern with companies like:


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Find your Niche

The WVU Reed College of Media hosts a variety of student organizations. These clubs offer students opportunities to engage in University activities and connect with other students and professionals nationwide.

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Patrick

Patrick Orsagos

is a creative storyteller and an advocate for change. As a journalism major, he is involved in many social justice initiatives inside and outside the classroom – writing for 100 Days in Appalachia, fact-checking with Pulitzer-prize winning PolitiFact and sharing the stories of incarcerated women through videography.

Academic Advisors


Emily Roush 

Emily Roush

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Demetrius Greer 

Demetrius Greer

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Kayla Poling 

Kayla Poling

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