Digital Media majors experience an emphasis on skill development throughout the storytelling process; from understanding the methods to develop a story, and then actively utilizing the tools to successfully create that story. Digital Journalism students focus not only on traditional print based news, but also work with new technologies to generate journalistic podcasts, blogs, and streaming media. The impact this profession has on society from both historical and current event perspectives is central to this major. Digital Filmmaking students learn the aesthetics and significance of a variety of media, producing video projects beginning their first semester on campus.
Hands-on experience in the Digital Media Center's state-of-the-art digital television studio combined with an extensive use of field equipment give students an understanding of the challenges they will face when they go out on their internships. Students may explore life in front of the camera, as well as the details involved behind the scenes when producing on-air content. Streaming media, podcasting, and cutting edge digital forms of journalism and broadcasting are emphasized in coursework. The history, market, and regulatory environment of the industry are also covered in courses that prepare students for creative and managerial roles in this exciting and expanding industry.
After graduation, Digital Filmmaking students start careers in the broadcast industry or work for private production houses. While Digital Journalism students may find placement at traditional newspapers, most will go on to the exciting fields of broadcasting or online publishing. This major provides an overview of the Digital Media field and gives students the basic skills to craft a view of the world for others.