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Media Studies, Journalism and Digital Arts

About

Media and journalism education at Saint Michael’s has a strong reputation among working journalists, academics and employers familiar with our award-winning student publications, job-ready and technically savvy graduates, and innovative leadership on the latest story-telling technologies. Our curriculum is geared to address the demands and potential of current technologies for today’s professional communicators.

For example, the Wilderness Photography class partnered with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing to create multimedia presentations for its web site. During the first week of class students met with the department’s director of communications to assess its marketing needs. For the rest of the summer sessions, students conducted research and field work and produced videos.

Click on the galleries below to see examples for student work, everything from books covers to photography:

Senior Capstone Book Projects
Digital Art & Design
Student Photography
Students in Action

An example of student video work:

 


 

Sample Four Year Plan for Media Studies Majors

Fall 
Media Revolutions
Foreign Language I
First Year Seminar
Liberal Studies course

Spring
Digital Media
Foreign Language II
Liberal Studies course
Liberal Studies course

Fall 
Reporting for Media
MJD Elective
Liberal Studies courses

Spring
Media Law & Ethics
MJD Elective
Liberal Studies courses

Fall 
Study Abroad

Spring
Global Communication
MJD Elective
Junior Seminar
Electives

Fall 
Senior Seminar Research Proposal
MJD Elective
Electives

Spring
Senior Seminar
Electives

In Depth

As a Media Studies student, you will learn to write quickly, accurately and under deadline pressure. You will learn to conduct research using traditional and electronic sources. You will acquire a deep understanding of the ethical and legal responsibilities associated with being a communicator – whether in the newsroom or the marketplace. And you will develop a mastery of current technologies, including multimedia, digital photography, digital video and digital audio and social media.

Since today’s journalist must be a generalist’s generalist – a Renaissance person in an age of specialization – we insist that each student obtain firm grounding in the liberal arts. You’ll find that beyond teaching you specific essential skills, we also continually promote your broad and perceptive understanding of society.

As a St. Mike’s “MJD” major you’ll gain basic journalistic skills such as news-writing, editing and information gathering, grounding in the ethical responsibilities of a professional communicator, awareness of connections among various technologies and the messages delivered through them, and international understanding (ideally including study abroad).

There are two versions of the Media Studies & Digital Arts major: one with a journalism concentration, and one without. Both versions combine the arts and sciences with hands-on communication skills, critical to our students as they learn to become effective communicators in our Information Age.

Whichever version you choose, our curriculum has three core strands that will be present through the classes you take:

1. Media Studies

We focus on the research and analysis of all media types and styles-news, advertising, photography, film, magazines, radio, television, web, and wireless/mobile media. Most broadly, we explore important questions related to the impact and influences that media are having on all of us.

2. Digital Media Arts: Digital Photography, Digital Film, Animation, Interactive Web Design

We produce films, digital photographs, digital audio productions, television productions, TV ads, interactive web designs, animation, wireless/mobile design. We have state-of-the-art computing labs, high-definition video cameras, digital still cameras, broadcast video cameras, digital audio recorders, and a host of web and interactive authoring tools.

3. Journalism: Writing, Reporting, Informed Citizenry

Our emphasis is on producing interesting and important investigative stories. How can we help make a more informed citizenry? How can we better understand our local, regional, national, and international connections? Visit our online news magazine.

A Global Media & Cross-Cultural Focus

We have a strong international media studies component to the curriculum which includes Global Media, Development, and Culture, Foreign Correspondence, Global Media, Expression, and Identity and a wide range of internationally-oriented courses through Saint Michael’s Global Studies Program. We also require all students to study abroad/away at some point during their four years.

All students develop a comprehensive digital portfolio of the works they produce, which often includes research, thesis, news articles, films, webs, photo essays, and animations. We strongly recommended that students also complete a minor and/or an 18-credit concentration. The minors our students complete span a wide range of fields and disciplines-Global Studies, English, Political Science, Music, Art, Philosophy, Theater, Biology, History, Sociology, Environmental Sciences.

The Department of Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts was established in 1974 through grants from the Frank E. Gannett Foundation and other sources, the proceeds of which continue to support the program.

Careers

Some of our graduates are employed in newsrooms all over New England and beyond. Many other graduates are working in web design, film production, photojournalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, and politics (one of our graduates is the press secretary for the Senate Judiciary Committee). Some are doing jobs that weren’t even invented a decade ago, like Director of Social Media. Others have gone on to a range of graduate programs: law school, media studies, American studies, and other fields.

Recent MJD graduates have job titles like:

Journalist
Associate Editor
Entertainment Editor
Editorial Developer
Communications Specialist
Digital Marketing Manager
Marketing Coordinator
Technical Writer
To find out more about what our graduates are doing, look at our Media Studies Alumni Profiles. (link)

Internships

MJD students have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skillsets in a wide variety of internships, preparing them for life after college. They work with professionals in the fields of graphic design, digital marketing, reporting/journalism, videography, photography, public relations, event planning, fundraising and social media among many other fields.

Our coursework prepares students to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and gain confidence in a range of technologies. They are adept in writing and interviewing, applying their knowledge and they are familiar with state of the art software such as the Adobe Suite, Photoshop, InDesign, Audition and Illustrator.

Internships where our students have received professional feedback and guidance include the following:

AllEarth Rail Vermont
America’s Funniest Home Videos
American Cancer Society
Arts Riot
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Boston University, Communications
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
Burlington City Arts
Burlington Free Press
Burton Snowboards
Chelsea Green Publishing
Chill Foundation
Church St. Marketplace
Climberism and Alpine Climbing Magazines
Community Garden Network, Vermont
Colchester Sun/Essex Reporter/Milton Independent
Cumbancha World Music
Dynapower
EatingWell Media group
Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center
ESPN Radio
GameFace Media, Boston
Green Mountain Electric Supply
Green Mountain Farm to School
Headfirst Companies
Immigration Law, AALV
IXIS Digital
Kingsway Community
Krystal Clear Media Group, NYC
Lake Champlain Access Television
MamaVa
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Communications
National Life Insurance
Outdoor Gear Exchange
People Making Good
Population Media Center
Prenatal Method Studio
Press Communications, New Jersey
Resolute Digital, NYC
ReSOURCE
Riverwoods Retirement Community
Rutland Medical Center
Shark Communications
Stowe Area Association
The Sun Chronicle
Traverse City Film Festival
Tuihzi Public Relations, Beijing
United Nations, Switzerland
Urban Rhino, Video & Animation production
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
Vermont Craft Brewers Association
Vermont Department of Tourism
Vermont Life Magazine
Vermont Military Museum and Library
Vermont Public Television
Vermont Public Radio
Vermont Runs
Vermont Works for Women
Visura Photography
VSA, Arts & Education
Waterfire, Providence, nonprofit arts
WCAX TV
Westchester Magazine
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Yankee Cable Company
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
Zoo New England

Study Abroad

All Media Studies majors study abroad/away at some point during their four years. You can choose to study abroad for a full semester or take a shorter faculty-led study trip which provides international media experience while earning 2 academic credits.

Currently students are registering for an opportunity to study abroad in South Africa. Students are also currently studying in Denmark, Scotland, Morocco, Fiji, Ireland, Nepal and Barcelona, Spain.

South Africa: Apartheid, Revolution, and Representation
In this course, philosophical understandings of difference, power, resistance, and liberation/freedom will be explored through examination of the important social, political, and ethical lessons of apartheid. The course focuses strongly on issues of representation and mediation, with specific reference to the use of media in shaping, maintaining, and eventually overthrowing the apartheid system in South Africa. Students will be encouraged to explore comparisons and contrasts between South Africa and the United States, in terms of racial oppression, resistance movements, and the power of media in shaping understanding and society.

Students will consider philosophical theories underpinning media practice and analysis, foregrounding the social role of the media and their relationship to South African culture and society. On this study tour students will analyze key areas: cultural and critical theory; media texts, institutions, and audiences; representation, discourse, and ideology; propaganda and revolutionary forms of critique; postmodernism and new media. The goals of the class are to provide students with: an understanding of apartheid and how such a system could be “sold” to people; a vision of the power of resistance and media-based methods of revolution; a basic conceptual framework for understanding, analyzing, and discussing the place of media in society; and the concentration of media texts and their impact on societal formation.

MJD study trips in the past have included:

China: Chinese Media and Culture
Our Beijing, China trip is the culmination of a semester-long course in MJD program on 21st century Chinese media and culture. The trip involves a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the ways in which 21st century Chinese media users use new digital media platforms for work and play, news and information sharing, and how different Chinese individuals and organizations – the dissident artist Ai Wei Wei, the Long Bow documentary film group, or the Chinese Communist Party – utilize the Internet for information sharing and surveillance.

India: Media Nomads: Youth, Television, Trekking in the Buddhist Himalaya
Ladakh is a high-altitude desert on the Tibetan Plateau in the trans-Himalayan area of northern India between Pakistan and Tibet. It has often been described as “Little Tibet” and is predominantly Tibetan Buddhist. Until mid-1960s when a road was built to link the region with the rest of the country, Ladakh remained almost totally isolated from the forces of modernization. In 1975 the region was opened up to foreign tourists and the process of development began in earnest. This course involves anthropological field work on the current processes of globalization and the pressure to modernize among Buddhist youth in Ladakh, primarily focusing on the influence of television. What perceptions of “the West” do Ladakhi youth have? How do these influence their conception of self, daily behaviors and visions of their future? What kinds of pressures to modernize does television now have on Ladakhi youth and how can a more critical awareness of many of television’s myths be taught?

Mongolia & China: In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan
This course explores the historical and cultural connections between Mongolia and China, with a focus on the Mongol Empire of ancient times, the 21st century People’s Republic of China, and the physical and digital walls that divide these two vital regions of Asia today. Students read widely on the China/Mongolia relationship, explore the varied history of this region through multimedia research projects, and travel to Mongolia and China during the last two weeks of May to experience the rich culture and history of this region firsthand. The program schedule includes a 7 day trip into Mongolia and 4 days in Beijing (with visits to the Great Wall of China, including a hike on the Wild Wall).

Tanzania: Applied Health & Development Approaches in East Africa
This service learning course includes an intensive two week field course based at the Ilula Orphan Program (IOP) in Iringa, Tanzania. Students travel to Tanzania to observe first-hand the development challenges related to HIV/AIDS, water scarcity, education, and poverty being addressed by the IOP. The service learning component of the course involves updating the IOP’s educational and development materials, including the website, and producing at least one completed grant application. Students are expected to complete this work in a one-week work session following completion of the two weeks in-country.

Professor Kimberly Sultze offers a study-abroad re-entry class. Along with Jon Hyde, she has worked with the college’s Study Abroad Office to produce the Global Eyes Competition and Calendar. Student photography from around the world is featured in the calendar, and its production is a practical learning experience.

In Depth

As a Media Studies student, you will learn to write quickly, accurately and under deadline pressure. You will learn to conduct research using traditional and electronic sources. You will acquire a deep understanding of the ethical and legal responsibilities associated with being a communicator – whether in the newsroom or the marketplace. And you will develop a mastery of current technologies, including multimedia, digital photography, digital video and digital audio and social media.

Since today’s journalist must be a generalist’s generalist – a Renaissance person in an age of specialization – we insist that each student obtain firm grounding in the liberal arts. You’ll find that beyond teaching you specific essential skills, we also continually promote your broad and perceptive understanding of society.

As a St. Mike’s “MJD” major you’ll gain basic journalistic skills such as news-writing, editing and information gathering, grounding in the ethical responsibilities of a professional communicator, awareness of connections among various technologies and the messages delivered through them, and international understanding (ideally including study abroad).

There are two versions of the Media Studies & Digital Arts major: one with a journalism concentration, and one without. Both versions combine the arts and sciences with hands-on communication skills, critical to our students as they learn to become effective communicators in our Information Age.

Whichever version you choose, our curriculum has three core strands that will be present through the classes you take:

1. Media Studies

We focus on the research and analysis of all media types and styles-news, advertising, photography, film, magazines, radio, television, web, and wireless/mobile media. Most broadly, we explore important questions related to the impact and influences that media are having on all of us.

2. Digital Media Arts: Digital Photography, Digital Film, Animation, Interactive Web Design

We produce films, digital photographs, digital audio productions, television productions, TV ads, interactive web designs, animation, wireless/mobile design. We have state-of-the-art computing labs, high-definition video cameras, digital still cameras, broadcast video cameras, digital audio recorders, and a host of web and interactive authoring tools.

3. Journalism: Writing, Reporting, Informed Citizenry

Our emphasis is on producing interesting and important investigative stories. How can we help make a more informed citizenry? How can we better understand our local, regional, national, and international connections? Visit our online news magazine.

A Global Media & Cross-Cultural Focus

We have a strong international media studies component to the curriculum which includes Global Media, Development, and Culture, Foreign Correspondence, Global Media, Expression, and Identity and a wide range of internationally-oriented courses through Saint Michael’s Global Studies Program. We also require all students to study abroad/away at some point during their four years.

All students develop a comprehensive digital portfolio of the works they produce, which often includes research, thesis, news articles, films, webs, photo essays, and animations. We strongly recommended that students also complete a minor and/or an 18-credit concentration. The minors our students complete span a wide range of fields and disciplines-Global Studies, English, Political Science, Music, Art, Philosophy, Theater, Biology, History, Sociology, Environmental Sciences.

The Department of Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts was established in 1974 through grants from the Frank E. Gannett Foundation and other sources, the proceeds of which continue to support the program.

Careers

Some of our graduates are employed in newsrooms all over New England and beyond. Many other graduates are working in web design, film production, photojournalism, advertising, public relations, marketing, and politics (one of our graduates is the press secretary for the Senate Judiciary Committee). Some are doing jobs that weren’t even invented a decade ago, like Director of Social Media. Others have gone on to a range of graduate programs: law school, media studies, American studies, and other fields.

Recent MJD graduates have job titles like:

Journalist
Associate Editor
Entertainment Editor
Editorial Developer
Communications Specialist
Digital Marketing Manager
Marketing Coordinator
Technical Writer
To find out more about what our graduates are doing, look at our Media Studies Alumni Profiles. (link)

Internships

MJD students have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skillsets in a wide variety of internships, preparing them for life after college. They work with professionals in the fields of graphic design, digital marketing, reporting/journalism, videography, photography, public relations, event planning, fundraising and social media among many other fields.

Our coursework prepares students to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and gain confidence in a range of technologies. They are adept in writing and interviewing, applying their knowledge and they are familiar with state of the art software such as the Adobe Suite, Photoshop, InDesign, Audition and Illustrator.

Internships where our students have received professional feedback and guidance include the following:

AllEarth Rail Vermont
America’s Funniest Home Videos
American Cancer Society
Arts Riot
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Boston University, Communications
Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
Burlington City Arts
Burlington Free Press
Burton Snowboards
Chelsea Green Publishing
Chill Foundation
Church St. Marketplace
Climberism and Alpine Climbing Magazines
Community Garden Network, Vermont
Colchester Sun/Essex Reporter/Milton Independent
Cumbancha World Music
Dynapower
EatingWell Media group
Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center
ESPN Radio
GameFace Media, Boston
Green Mountain Electric Supply
Green Mountain Farm to School
Headfirst Companies
Immigration Law, AALV
IXIS Digital
Kingsway Community
Krystal Clear Media Group, NYC
Lake Champlain Access Television
MamaVa
Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Communications
National Life Insurance
Outdoor Gear Exchange
People Making Good
Population Media Center
Prenatal Method Studio
Press Communications, New Jersey
Resolute Digital, NYC
ReSOURCE
Riverwoods Retirement Community
Rutland Medical Center
Shark Communications
Stowe Area Association
The Sun Chronicle
Traverse City Film Festival
Tuihzi Public Relations, Beijing
United Nations, Switzerland
Urban Rhino, Video & Animation production
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
Vermont Craft Brewers Association
Vermont Department of Tourism
Vermont Life Magazine
Vermont Military Museum and Library
Vermont Public Television
Vermont Public Radio
Vermont Runs
Vermont Works for Women
Visura Photography
VSA, Arts & Education
Waterfire, Providence, nonprofit arts
WCAX TV
Westchester Magazine
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Yankee Cable Company
Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
Zoo New England

Study Abroad

All Media Studies majors study abroad/away at some point during their four years. You can choose to study abroad for a full semester or take a shorter faculty-led study trip which provides international media experience while earning 2 academic credits.

Currently students are registering for an opportunity to study abroad in South Africa. Students are also currently studying in Denmark, Scotland, Morocco, Fiji, Ireland, Nepal and Barcelona, Spain.

South Africa: Apartheid, Revolution, and Representation
In this course, philosophical understandings of difference, power, resistance, and liberation/freedom will be explored through examination of the important social, political, and ethical lessons of apartheid. The course focuses strongly on issues of representation and mediation, with specific reference to the use of media in shaping, maintaining, and eventually overthrowing the apartheid system in South Africa. Students will be encouraged to explore comparisons and contrasts between South Africa and the United States, in terms of racial oppression, resistance movements, and the power of media in shaping understanding and society.

Students will consider philosophical theories underpinning media practice and analysis, foregrounding the social role of the media and their relationship to South African culture and society. On this study tour students will analyze key areas: cultural and critical theory; media texts, institutions, and audiences; representation, discourse, and ideology; propaganda and revolutionary forms of critique; postmodernism and new media. The goals of the class are to provide students with: an understanding of apartheid and how such a system could be “sold” to people; a vision of the power of resistance and media-based methods of revolution; a basic conceptual framework for understanding, analyzing, and discussing the place of media in society; and the concentration of media texts and their impact on societal formation.

MJD study trips in the past have included:

China: Chinese Media and Culture
Our Beijing, China trip is the culmination of a semester-long course in MJD program on 21st century Chinese media and culture. The trip involves a comparative cross-cultural perspective on the ways in which 21st century Chinese media users use new digital media platforms for work and play, news and information sharing, and how different Chinese individuals and organizations – the dissident artist Ai Wei Wei, the Long Bow documentary film group, or the Chinese Communist Party – utilize the Internet for information sharing and surveillance.

India: Media Nomads: Youth, Television, Trekking in the Buddhist Himalaya
Ladakh is a high-altitude desert on the Tibetan Plateau in the trans-Himalayan area of northern India between Pakistan and Tibet. It has often been described as “Little Tibet” and is predominantly Tibetan Buddhist. Until mid-1960s when a road was built to link the region with the rest of the country, Ladakh remained almost totally isolated from the forces of modernization. In 1975 the region was opened up to foreign tourists and the process of development began in earnest. This course involves anthropological field work on the current processes of globalization and the pressure to modernize among Buddhist youth in Ladakh, primarily focusing on the influence of television. What perceptions of “the West” do Ladakhi youth have? How do these influence their conception of self, daily behaviors and visions of their future? What kinds of pressures to modernize does television now have on Ladakhi youth and how can a more critical awareness of many of television’s myths be taught?

Mongolia & China: In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan
This course explores the historical and cultural connections between Mongolia and China, with a focus on the Mongol Empire of ancient times, the 21st century People’s Republic of China, and the physical and digital walls that divide these two vital regions of Asia today. Students read widely on the China/Mongolia relationship, explore the varied history of this region through multimedia research projects, and travel to Mongolia and China during the last two weeks of May to experience the rich culture and history of this region firsthand. The program schedule includes a 7 day trip into Mongolia and 4 days in Beijing (with visits to the Great Wall of China, including a hike on the Wild Wall).

Tanzania: Applied Health & Development Approaches in East Africa
This service learning course includes an intensive two week field course based at the Ilula Orphan Program (IOP) in Iringa, Tanzania. Students travel to Tanzania to observe first-hand the development challenges related to HIV/AIDS, water scarcity, education, and poverty being addressed by the IOP. The service learning component of the course involves updating the IOP’s educational and development materials, including the website, and producing at least one completed grant application. Students are expected to complete this work in a one-week work session following completion of the two weeks in-country.

Professor Kimberly Sultze offers a study-abroad re-entry class. Along with Jon Hyde, she has worked with the college’s Study Abroad Office to produce the Global Eyes Competition and Calendar. Student photography from around the world is featured in the calendar, and its production is a practical learning experience.