Concentration in Media Writing
The undergraduate concentration in Media Writing is designed for students who seek a career creating media content upon completing their bachelor’s degree. This degree will prepare students to write professional content in a wide variety of styles, genres, and forms, including writing for newspapers, magazines, social media, and public relations. By the end of their program, students will understand the conventions and applications of these different genres and styles, be well-versed in varying forms of professional writing, understand the differences between appropriate print and online media forms, and demonstrate technical proficiency as writers.
ENG 201 Media Writing
ENG 308 Practicum: News and Feature Writing
ENG 309 Practicum: Social Media and Web Content
ENG 355 Internship
COM 130 Digital Communications and Design
COM 233 Integrated Marketing and Communications
COM 303 Communications Law and Ethics
Students complete their major by selecting a field of specialization with their academic advisor. To complete the specialization field, students must complete at least the minor in that subject area, though students may also complete the major to earn a double major.
Common fields of specialization fields include:
Students who wish to complete the concentration by earning a major directly in Media Writing are required to complete the following:
ENG 210 Advanced Exposition
ENG 325 Advanced Creative Writing: Literary Journalism
COM 105 Introduction to Media Communications
COM 232 Multimedia Communications and Design
COM 332 Web Communications and Design
Plus one class in Writing at the 200-level or higher
Are you interested in sports, as a player or a fan? You might want to consider majoring in Sports Journalism. Sports Journalism focuses on writing and communication related to athletic events and competitions. Students in this specialization may work for newspapers or magazines, internet sites, or athletic or event organizations as communications specialists. Students interested in pursuing a focus in Sports Journalism should complete a minor in Athletic Coaching or Sports Management or double major in Sports Management.
Are you a photographer? Do you want to study the world through your camera lens? Photojournalists use images to tell a story. They document important events of the day, sometimes in difficult situations. Students in this specialization may work for newspapers or magazines or internet sites that emphasize strong imagery. Photojournalists often work as freelancers as well. Students interested in pursuing a focus in Photojournalism should complete a double major / minor in Photography or Studio Art.
Healthcare is the fastest growing and largest industry in the United States. Health Media focuses on the communications that are a vital part of the expansive healthcare industry. This can include public relations and corporate communications. Health Media specialists often work for healthcare companies or media companies that report on the healthcare industry frequently. Students interested in pursuing a focus in Health Media should complete a double major in Nursing or Health Sciences or a minor in a Health Science field.
Science Media/Journalism focuses on writing and communication related to the sciences, broadly speaking. Students in this specialization may work for companies pursuing scientific research in industry communications or for newspapers, magazines and internet sites that report on the sciences. Students interested in pursuing a focus in Science Media/Journalism should complete a double major / minor in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, or Environmental Studies.
Equine Journalism focuses on writing and communication related to the equestrian industry. Students in this specialization may work for magazines and internet sites that report on equestrian or animal-related fields. Wilson has a long tradition of students completing our program in Equine Journalism, and we have graduates working at equestrian magazines and publications across the country, as well as in the equestrian industry. Students interested in pursuing a focus in Equine Journalism should complete a double major / minor in any of our equestrian fields, including Equestrian Teaching, Equestrian Training, Equine Management, and Equine Facilitated Therapeutics (major only).
Do you have another kind of media writing specialization in mind? Our program is designed to allow the student to create her/his own major. For more information, please contact the English program.