Multiplatform Journalism

As  Multiplatform Journalism major, you will be prepared to work as multimedia journalists across a wide variety of platforms, from online news sites to traditional print and broadcast outlets. Today's journalist must be multifaceted - A reporter at an online news outlet might, in a single day, shoot video, produce an audio story and write several iterations of a story for a website and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Conversely, a reporter at a broadcast station or cable outlet might produce both visual and written versions of a story. 

Multiplatform Journalism equips students with the knowledge and skills to produce content for any platform and allows them to seize opportunities as new platforms emerge. In this program, you'll learn to interview, research, report, write, shoot and edit audio and video, create graphics, and master social media. With a Multiplatform Journalism degree, you will have the skills needed to achieve your bigger goals regardless of industry or area of expertise within the journalism realm.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of news and the role it plays in our civic and political culture.

  • Develop the ability to evaluate the newsworthiness of events.

  • Study and internalize the public service functions and ethical obligations of journalism.

  • Develop and apply a variety of reporting techniques, including interviewing, database research and use of public records.

  • Produce multiplatform stories for news, sports, entertainment and various niche genres.

  • Learn and practice narrative, video, audio and graphical storytelling techniques that are applicable across a wide variety of platforms, including print, broadcast, web, social media and emerging web-based and mobile platforms.

  • Learn within an ethos of adaptability so that, as media platforms and techniques change, students are able to change with them—and possess the theoretical knowledge and practical flexibility to lead that change.


Program Type

Major, Minor





Required Credit Hours


Courses for the Multiplatform Journalism major

  • MDIA 140 Media Literacy
  • MDIA 260 Media Design
  • MDIA 465W Media Ethics
  • MDIA 473 Media Law
  • JOUR 177 Language for Journalists
  • JOUR 200W Multiplatform Newsroom I
  • JOUR 300W Multiplatform Newsroom II
  • JOUR 341 Video News Gathering & Field Production
  • JOUR 360W Multiplatform Editing
  • JOUR 469W Magazine Journalism
  • JOUR 471 Investigative Reporting
  • MDIA 324 Principles of Audio & Video 
  • One media elective

Minor in Multiplatform Journalism

The 18-credit Multiplatform Journalism minor can be a great addition to your major coursework whether your major is inside or outside of the College of Liberal Arts! Note: Sports Information & Media students cannot minor in Multiplatform Journalism.