Studying Journalism at Miami University
Miami University’s Journalism Program has a strong commitment to professional training across all media and to liberal arts education. Our emphasis is on educating students broadly as capable writers and critical thinkers. Our faculty grounds students in basic reporting, interviewing, storytelling and editing skills for print, electronic and digital media. Many classes produce stories for regional media to give students professional experience, along with internships and study-abroad experiences. Learn more about the Journalism Program.
Registration for Fall 2014 is now open!
For COM 135:
The course request form will be available here after registration closes on May 30.
For all other MJF classes:
Use the online request form. (You must be logged into your MUnet account.) Forms must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on May 2.
Journalism student Emily Crane is a President's Distinguished Service Award Winner.
In the world of sports, there are hat tricks – athletes who accomplish the same feat three times in a single game. The Department of Media, Journalism & Film has a “hat track times two” student in graduating senior Emily Crane. During her Miami years, the journalism-anthropology double major has racked up more than half of dozen top-level feats:
- She traveled to Egypt and Tunisia, to report on civil unrest in those countries, and made two trips to Haiti where she created a program to feed children in need after the 2010 hurricane there.
- She assumed the role of No. 2 editor at The Miami Student in the fall of 2013, and helped the paper move to a more 24/7 media world, reporting some of the tougher stories and leading efforts to create a for-credit class to train younger students to move into Miami Student positions.
- She landed the university’s most prestigious undergraduate award – The Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize, worth about $30,000 – to return to Egypt after graduation to work on a book about how everyday citizens have been affected by the unrest in their country.
- She received the President’s Distinguished Service Award, one of 21 winners from 49 finalists in a graduating class of some 4,000.
- She was selected to present remarks at the College of Arts & Science commencement on May 17, the first journalism student to achieve this honor in at least a decade.
As interim dean of students Michael Curme said in introducing Crane at the event recognizing the President’s Award winners, “Emily Crane is developing into a world citizen, one whose interests encompass not only her immediate environment of Miami University, but also the larger world.”
Hat trick, times two, easily.
Author Wil Haygood will join Miami faculty for next three years!
Acclaimed journalist and author Wil Haygood (Miami '76) will join Miami's faculty in the spring semester of academic year 2014-2015 as the Karl and Helen Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor, a one-year appointment.
During academic years 2015-2017, he will hold the position of Distinguished Scholar in the department of media, journalism and film. Haygood will teach courses in media, journalism and film one semester during each of the three years of the appointments, said College of Arts and Science dean Phyllis Callahan. He will also mentor incoming students in the newly established Scholars in Writing for Media program, advise on the Freedom Summer documentary film project, advise student media editors and/or participate in Inside Washington and Inside Hollywood programs.
Haygood, whose 2008 Washington Post article was the basis for the 2013 movie "The Butler," addressed Miami graduates at the May 2013 commencement. He spoke on the summer of 1964 to kick off Miami's Celebrating Freedom program last fall.
Oxford Weekly News 'On Air'
Media, Journalism and Film students are again producing the "Oxford Weekly News" program as part of two upper-level courses. Check out the first spring 2014 newscast.
The aim each week is to provide news and information for both the Miami University campus and Oxford community. New this semester is a weekly segment with the editorial staff of The Miami Student.
Reporting is done by students in the JRN 415 Television News capstone course, led by Clinical Professor Joe Sampson. Production crewing is provided by students in Ringo Jones' COM 312: Studio Production course.
First NYC Media Program Connects Students and Pros
Seventeen students. One prof. Thirty-five media professionals working for 15 prominent media employers. And four days. Those were the ingredients for the inaugural offering of Miami University’s NYC Media Program, led by Patricia Gallagher Newberry, senior lecturer in journalism. The class, held during Miami’s first-ever January term, met online during the first and third weeks of the course – and traveled to the Big Apple Jan. 12-16, 2014, for Q&As with high-octane guests.
"I never would have learned this much in the classroom,” says junior Kate Shea, an English major. “Being immersed in the journalism world and listening to these brilliant people and getting to pick their brains apart was amazing.”
Among the highlights:
- A half-day at The New York Times, with six leading staffer
- Great sitdowns at NBC, ABC, Bloomberg News and Newsweek
- Chats with two alums who work at The Wall Street Journal
- "Magazine day," featuring recent grads working at Allure, Glamour, Departures, Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle
As for nightlife, students squeezed in a few outings between bookings for Jon Stewart's "Daily Show," Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report," and "Newsies" on Broadway. Concludes Shea, “(The speakers’) passion and drive just really encouraged us. We're all just ready to go and apply for everything and write, write, write!”
Author, Miami Prof. James Tobin to Discuss FDR Book (POSTPONED)
In his new book on President Franklin D. Roosevelt, historian James Tobin argues that FDR’s polio – long perceived by the American public as a secret – was hardly that, nor was his inability to walk a political liability. In fact, Tobin writes, polio became an asset that helped FDR win the presidency. Tobin, an associate professor of journalism at Miami, will talk about his book on campus Feb. 18 (POSTPONED).
“The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency” was published in November 2013 by Simon & Schuster, and has won dozens of glowing reviews. “Mr. Tobin's tight, lucid narrative may leave readers longing for more,” writes Wall Street Journal reviewer Alonzo L. Hamby.
Tobin teaches narrative nonfiction at Miami and won the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography for his 1997 book, “Ernie Pyle’s War.”