Mass Media

About Mass Media

Mass media refers to all forms of communication that reach large audiences. Students who study mass media at Valdosta State University are exposed to a variety of disciplines within the field of mass media, including broadcast journalism, digital journalism, and video, audio and documentary production. Students with degrees in mass media are in high demand and enjoy successful careers in news, radio, television, sports broadcasting, corporate production and more.

Mass Media at Valdosta State University

The mass media program at Valdosta State boasts small classes and faculty members who are well respected in their field. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, including two television studios with green screen capabilities and a TriCaster mixing system, along with two audio recording suites with a 24-channel multi-track mixer, several digital editing labs, a theatre/screening room and a journalism lab. Students use the mass media facilities to produce five weekly live news productions, which are broadcast throughout the Valdosta-Lowndes County region and online. Students also have the option to complete internships and join a number of student organizations, including the Public Relations Student Society of America, Society of Communication Scholars, Film and Video Society, Association for Women in Communications and Student Society of Collegiate Journalists. Top students may be invited to join Lambda Pi Eta, an honor society for communication students.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
  • M.A. in Communication Arts

Minor

  •  Mass Media

About the Mass Media Curriculum

B.F.A.

Through courses in areas such as production, performance/announcing, and digital and web-based media, students in the mass media program at Valdosta State study the history and culture of media, become proficient in the analysis of broadcast program syntax and systems, and learn how to produce and deliver broadcast programming. Valdosta State is one of few universities in the country to offer a certificate in sports broadcasting, which can be earned with 16 specialized credit hours. Mass media students have the opportunity to create portfolios during the course of their studies and are prepared for careers in numerous fields. They also may consider graduate programs, including the master’s degree in communications offered by Valdosta State.

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Minor

A mass media minor can complement any number of major programs at Valdosta State. 18 hours of coursework are required.

M.A. in Communication Arts

The communication arts graduate program combines advanced theoretical knowledge and applied skills, enabling graduates to assume leadership positions in their field or continue their studies at the doctoral level. Students may select an emphasis in mass media or speech communications and have the option of following a thesis or non-thesis course of study.

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Careers*

  • Audio-visual consultant
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Broadcast supervisor
  • Camera operator
  • Correspondent
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Film director
  • Film editor
  • Film producer
  • Filmmaker
  • Media analyst
  • Media production assistant
  • News anchor
  • News director
  • News producer
  • Newscaster
  • On-air radio personality
  • Photojournalist
  • Press secretary
  • Radio general manager
  • Radio newscaster
  • Radio programming director
  • Reporter
  • Sportscaster
  • Television director
  • Television editor
  • Television producer
  • Television station general manager
  • Video editor
  • Web producer
  • Website developer

 *Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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