School of Journalism Recommended for National Reaccreditation

Posted on: March 25, 2014

Lucinda-625pxGuest Blog by Lucinda Davenport, Ph.D., Director of the School of Journalism

Good News! MSU's School of Journalism was unanimously recommended for reaccreditation by the site team and accreditation committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), verifying that we continue to be one of the best journalism programs in the nation.

We continue to be successful because the School has enthusiastic students, motivated faculty, caring alumni, supportive CAS and MSU colleagues and leadership.

The School was one of the first journalism undergraduate programs to be accredited, in 1949, and one of the few to be continuously accredited.

Among its nice reviews, the report noted: "Journalism at Michigan State has a rich history that began 103 years ago, and the School of Journalism is clearly in the select group of premier programs today." It also said, "The School is doing a marvelous job of preparing students for the digital age" and that faculty members have "an impressive list of scholarly and creative output."

With more than 500 undergraduate students, 40 master's students and 20 doctoral students, the School of Journalism successfully prepares students for great careers and to be leaders and visionaries in this exciting, evolving industry. One of our missions is to produce critical thinkers, excellent writers and outstanding visual communicators. Our students go on to become high-profile alumni.

Strategic planning has enhanced student experiences with increased scholarships and funding, experiential learning, research and creative projects with faculty, myriad internships, increased time with visiting alumni and the opportunity to take journalism courses in the first semester and online in the summer. The result is that journalism has been the 15th top major for incoming students at MSU.

Just within the past two years, about $3.617 million in scholarships were awarded to undergraduate journalism majors by MSU, CAS and the School of Journalism.

Even though they average about three internships, most undergraduate journalism students at MSU also average graduation in four years and about 92 percent of new graduates said they were in career-related jobs. These averages exceed both university and national averages.

Our students are among the best and brightest with more than 400 undergraduate and master's students receiving state to international recognition within the past six years. Recently, MSU won more than any other journalism program that submitted entries at the 2014 SPJ Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards. These 22 winning entries were in various categories including writing, design, photography, video and audio for online, television, radio and print in the mobile slots areas of sports, features, general news, public affairs and newscast. Students recently won awards also for diversity projects, multimedia websites and interactive magazine apps that can be found on iTunes (just keyword Michigan State University School of Journalism).

In addition, journalism doctoral students in the Media and Information Studies Ph.D. program continue to win awards for their scholarship at research conferences.

The students have No. 1 mentors and role models. J-School faculty recently earned top awards for their exemplary teaching efforts that include the national Broadcast Education Association Faculty Instructional Video award, national AEJMC Best Practices in Teaching with Tools and Technology award, MSU's Diversity Award for Enhancing Global Understanding in the Classroom, two Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement awards and two CAS Faculty Impact awards.

Simultaneously, within the past five years, faculty significantly increased by 50 percent to 650 percent the amount of professional and academic activities in several categories, such as peer-reviewed research, juried creative works, grant initiatives, conference papers and books.

We continue to step lively:

    • The National Press Photographers Association will judge its national entries for the second year in a row in our building from March 30 to April 1.
    • The School of Journalism Student Awards Convocation, recognizing undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships, awards and internships, is April 13 at 3 p.m. in the University Club on campus.

Please come visit. We'd love to see you.

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