Journalism at PSC

Journalism

Journalism Degree/A.A.

About the Program:  

The Journalism program at Potomac State College is a hands-on, multi-media learning experience in writing, graphic design, social media, technology, and teamwork. The department recently acquired 360fly cameras for making 360-degree videos.

The Journalism students are directly responsible for the College newspaper, the Pasquino.  From day ONE, Journalism students are involved in the paper!  Freshmen students volunteer on the student paper writing news and taking photos. Sophomore majors run the student paper as news, sports, photo, and online editors and page designers.

Typical of today’s journalists, our students write for both the print and online edition of the Pasquino in addition to posting to the paper’s Twitter account: @pscpasquino.

Students are active on campus making videos and learning new technology in the Tools and Applications class.

WKYW–LP a.k.a. “Mountain Streams Radio,” a partnership with the Mineral County Historical Society, went on air February 2017 and will broadcast from facilities in the College’s Catamount Place residence hall. The station will offer a broad mix of music with roots in West Virginia and the Appalachian region along with information of particular importance to Mineral County. Students will have the opportunity to get involved by writing and producing radio segments.

Academic advising, tutoring, computer lab time, individual attention and small-class size characterize the Journalism program.  Amber Butcher, Journalism advisor and unit coordinator, works one-on-one with students to place them in summer internships and part-time jobs writing for the local newspaper. She also works individually with students to ensure academic success.

Realize What’s Possible with many career opportunities: The journalism major prepares graduates for advanced studies in reporting, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, editing, photography, social media marketing, and related careers. Journalism majors have the unique opportunity to display examples of their published work for university admissions boards and prospective employers.

 Position

Median Pay 2015

Job Description

Social Media Specialists

$56,770

Social media specialists communicate with the public through platforms that allow users to create and share content online. They run their employers’ social media accounts, working to build a brand’s reputation.

Magazine Designer 

$46,900

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers.

Market Research Analysts

$62,150

Market research analysts research and gather data to help a company market its products or services. They gather data on consumer demographics, preferences, needs, and buying habits. They collect data and information using a variety of methods, such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, and literature reviews.

Public relations

$56,770

Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness of its work and goals.

Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers

$124,850

Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in products or services. They work with art directors, sales agents, and financial staff members.

Multi media designer

$63,970

Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Event planner

$51,200

Coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions

Sports Broadcast News Analysts

$37,720

Analyze, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources.

Newspaper and Magazine Editors

$64,060

Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication.

Public Relations Specialists

$65,830

Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Radio Broadcaster

$46,410

Speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

Writers and Authors

$60,250

Writers and authors develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, blogs, or other types of media

Radio news broadcast/Announcers

$30,080

Announcers present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these or other important topics. Some act as masters of ceremonies (emcees) or disc jockeys (DJs) at weddings, parties, or clubs.

 

Statistics according to the Bureau Labor of Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook  https://www.bls.gov

Read about Thomas Pendergast, a PSC journalism alumnus, who had an illustrious career with Associated Press. He was responsible for covering the Charles Manson trial.

Requirements for Graduation

In order to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Journalism, a student needs to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of required and elective course work.

Transferring to WVU is easy!

While students have the option to transfer to any university or college, many transfer to West Virginia University after two years. 

Visit the WVU website to learn more about WVU College of Media.  The transfer is easy!  Your PSC advisor connects you with an advisor at WVU. In addition. WVU advisors come to campus to help you register for classes. 

 

 

Degree Program:

Journalism

Degree Designation:

Associate of Arts 

Amber Butcher 
 

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