Welcome to the Journalism Program
Journalism at Muskingum is a multimedia program designed to provide both hands-on experience in journalism and a theoretical understanding of the field. Journalism majors work in print, radio, TV, and electronic media production through Orbit Media News, an organization that represents all areas of campus media. Muskingum's program focuses on convergence, anticipating what future journalists will need to know in order to compete in the always-changing job market.
The Black & Magenta is Muskingum's weekly student newspaper, serving both the campus and the region.
WMCO is a full-time FCC-licensed noncommercial radio station operating at 90.7 FM with 1.3 kilowatts and also streaming 24/7.
Orbit TV is Muskingum's cable-access TV channel, providing local news and entertainment.
Award-winning journalist and Associate Professor of Journalism Vivian Wagner advises The Black & Magenta. She is the author of Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music, and her articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and literary journals.
Professor of Communication Jeff Harman teaches video production classes and oversees Orbit TV. He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Bowling Green State University, and he also remains active as a media professional, working on various projects for stations in central Ohio and West Virginia, including WZMM, WWBK, WWJM, and WHIZ AM/FM/TV.
Associate Professor of Communication Lisa Marshall teaches audio production classes and serves as manager of WMCO.
In addition to their coursework, journalism majors are required to do an internship. This can be local, national, or international. Here are some examples of internships that Muskingum's journalism students have had:
- Copy editing and arts reviewing for the Dayton Daily News
- Reporting and design work for The Daily Jeffersonian
- Reporting and production work for WHIZ
- Writing and editing for The Times Reporter
- Reporting for a Japanese news service
- Public relations writing for the Jewish Vocational Services in Cincinnati, Ohio
- Public relations writing for the Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge, Ohio
Muskingum offers journalism scholarships in amounts of $500 to $1,500 per year, renewable annually, with the amount of the scholarship based upon a student's level of participation and demonstrated ability in the field. Financial need is not a requirement, although the Journalism Scholarship is factored into the financial aid package for students demonstrating financial need. For more information about applying for a Journalism Scholarship, contact the Office of Student Financial Services.