Journalism and Mass Communication

The Journalism and Mass Communication program offers tracks in print journalism, broadcast and electronic journalism, public relations and advertising. The department also houses a film production minor and a sports media minor, as well as coursework in church media, social media and photojournalism.

Samford JMC combines a classic liberal studies education with hands-on professional training. Because of this, our students have a wide career market available to them upon graduation. Our alumni regularly go into careers in magazines, television, video production, public relations, advertising, marketing, sports information, media research, media sales, law, ministerial communication, broadcasting and book publishing.

Allie Klaubert
Every single day that I spent at Samford prepared me for the "real world." From technical skills like how to write a press release or deliver a presentation to general life skills, I'm grateful for my Samford degree everyday. Allie Klaubert - Senior Manager, Markstein Strategic Communications Agency

Mass communication is intrinsic to all aspects of life. As a result, it is perhaps the most vital discipline for understanding the world in the 21st century. With this in mind, Samford JMC must help students not only understand media culture but also learn to become ethical communicators. The department's mission is to prepare students to contribute to the greater Christian community by making a difference in the American media culture.

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Photo The News Untold earned the 2018 Tankard Award
Carey Book Earns National Honor
The News Untold focuses on how small-town reporters and editors in some of Appalachia’s poorest communities decide what aspects of poverty are news, how their audiences interpret those decisions, and how those two related processes help shape broader understandings of economic need and local social responsibility. 
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Samford Student Magazine Earns National Honor
The Local received an honorable mention in the Single Issue of an Ongoing Magazine—Editorial category from the 2018 AEJMC Student Magazine Competition. There were 17 entries in this category, and The Local received the only honorable mention. 
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Carey Book on Appalachia Named Finalist for National Award
Journalism professor Clay Carey’s book, The News Untold, has been named one of three finalists for the Tankard Book Award, which honors the best research-based book about journalism published each year.