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The Edward R Murrow College of Communication

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The Edward R Murrow College of Communication
Student Services, Murrow East 226

Interim Dean, B. Pinkleton; Special Advisor to the Dean, for Research and Graduate Studies, A. S. Tan; Director of Undergraduate Affairs, J. Peterson; General Manager of Murrow Public Media, M. Marcelo; Lester Smith Distinguished Professor, G. Johnson; Professors, E. Austin, E. L. James; Associate Professors, D. Hindman, E. Hindman, S. Hust; Assistant Professors, R. Bailey, P. Borah, A. Boyd, G. Dixon, M. Hutchens, J. Hmielowski, Y. Lee, Y. Nam, J. Willoughby, W. Yan; Clinical Associate Professors, B. Atwood, N. Iyer, R. Kelly, B. Shors, R. Taflinger; Clinical Assistant Professors, R. Cooney, C. Cooney, L. Dubowski, B. Irom, L. Paxson, R. Richardson, R. Risenmay, C. Salazar, D. Scheips, L. Waananen-Jones; Instructors, A. Boggs, C. Curtis, J. Elmer, E. Gallagher, W. McKee, S. Pande, D. Petek, K. Rhoden, P. Wadleigh; Lecturers, G. Bedoyan, J. Prathiwi, C. Wilder; Director of Student Services, S. Stout; Director of International Projects, M. Shelley.

Communication is a vital force in society. New practices and techniques in communication require that instruction and research explain these phenomena and prepare students for careers in this exciting area that is being shaped by new communication technologies.

The curricula of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Arts in Strategic Communication, and Doctor of Philosophy (Communication).

Students may major in Communication, with an emphasis in Journalism and Media Production (multimedia journalism, broadcast news, broadcast production), Strategic Communication (advertising, public relations, or integrated communication), or Communication and Society (communication technology, science communication, risk and crisis communication). The Journalism & Media Production major focuses on the reporting and editing processes, current mass media issues, and the legal and historical precedents that have shaped the field. In the lab, students are exposed to digital editing technologies designed to help storytellers be more precise in reporting and editing across all media platforms. Strategic Communication majors learn to communicate creatively and persuasively to build mutually beneficial long-term relationships between organizations and their publics. The program emphasizes writing, research and management principles through a demanding series of required courses. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn about both advertising and public relations from theoretical and applied viewpoints. Students can put their knowledge to use in preparing media plans, writing advertising strategy and copy, and planning and executing complete campaigns. The Communication and Society major is fundamentally about innovation and change – in communication technologies, multi-platform channels, and communication tactics. Students learn to utilize mediated and non-mediated communication channels to purposefully transform their chosen industry, and ultimately position themselves, their networks, and their organizations to innovate and enact change on pressing societal and political issues.

Study in the College’s facilities provides exposure to and mastery of new digital production and content creation technologies. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication has three computer labs, including a writing lab, an advanced graphics and data analysis lab, and a broadcast news lab; television production studios and TV editing suites; a radio station and radio/audio labs; and a state-of the-art news production/broadcast lab. In addition, the College houses three nationally acclaimed media outlets, including Northwest Public Radio, Northwest Public Television and the Murrow News Service.

Students graduating from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication will be able to: 1) effectively and efficiently collect and evaluate information utilizing traditional methods and new technologies; 2) communicate clearly and succinctly, in both written and verbal forms, to varied audiences; 3) carefully observe, interpret and accurately portray events, information, and activities to a diverse society; 4) shape messages to reflect the differing demands and strengths of different and developing media; 5) consider the legal, social, and economic contexts in which media operate and evolve; 6) examine the role and effects of media in contemporary society; 7) understand the ethical and civic responsibilities that accompany a lifelong career in communication in a democratic society; 8) understand the professionalism required to be successful in a highly competitive industry, and 9) compete successfully in regional, national and international job markets.

Undergraduate Minor       

The Murrow College of Communication offers an undergraduate minor in Communication. Students may apply to certify in the minor after they have completed 60 credits and are certified in a major outside The Murrow College of Communication. See the requirements for the Minor in Communication below.  Check with The Murrow College Student Services Office for additional information.


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