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Journalism and Media

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School of Arts and Sciences

Journalism Degree in Nebraska


"I'm glad that I chose to be a journalism major. Even as a freshman, the journalism department allowed me to travel to New York for the College Media Convention to learn and expand in a new environment. You are given so many opportunities to be a well-rounded journalist, from news writing and reporting to broadcast and photojournalism. I love my major," Aspen Green, sophomore journalism major. 

Cover a manhunt of escaped convicts. Create your own New York City public relations company. Become press secretary for the United States Senate. Climb aboard the train and shoot video for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Work for famous people, such as David Letterman. Doane alums have done all those things, and more. 

"Doane has given me so many opportunities in the last three years. From writing, editing, designing, learning the radio and television stations, I am confident I am prepared for any job I may end up in. Not only do I have the opportunity to do anything I could want within the department, it's done in such a professional, passionate environment I have gained an incredible amount of experience. I'm thankful every day because I chose Doane," Bayley Bischof, junior journalism major.

The journalism and Media major not only prepares you to gather news, investigate hard-hitting stories, cover live events and host your own radio show, you can do it all. Starting your first semester here. 
At Doane, we prefer hands-on learning. As a Doane journalism major you can get articles and photos published in The Owl, our weekly student newspaper and online edition, You can direct, write or anchor a weekly newscast for DCTV and learn the ins and outs of the radio station as a DJ, music director or promotions manager. Photographers and graphic designers have a home here too, the 1014 magazine, a feature magazine that comes out once per semester. 
Whatever platforms you choose, you will gain real world journalism experience and if you're in a supervisory role, such as an editor, station manager or news director you will get paid! 
The benefits don't end there.
"I have had the opportunity to travel across the country for various conferences including sports reporting in Nashville, broadcasting in Las Vegas and also travel to New York for the College Media Association event last semester. Traveling to those places has helped me confirm that I am in the right major, where I have learned from the top people in their fields and been able to network with them," Ryan Miller, senior journalism major. 
As part of the Doane Student Media staff, and if enrolled in journalism classes, you can travel to media conventions in New York City, Austin, Philadephia and New Orleans and you will attend major news events, like the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations in Washington D.C., and report it all on
Part of the Journalism and Media major's coursework requires all students to earn at least three internship credits. Students have had internships all over the country. No matter where you go, your Doane education will give you the skills you need to suceed. 
"Throughout my experience writing for the newspaper, hosting two radio shows and now directing our weekly TV newscast, I've covered quite a breadth of media that has already put me above my competition in internships and the job market. At my internship this summer, I was one of thre interns and the other two came from "Big Name Universities." However, I ended up being put in charge of the other interns and then was the only one offered a job when the internship ended. I credit that success mainly to the learning I've acquired from the journalism department at Doane. I'm still unsure of where my path will go with this major, but I know I'm prepared for wherever it takes me," Cassandra Kennedy, senior journalism major. 
Past internships Doane students have held: 
  • NBC News, New York City
  • The Late Show with David Letterman
  • The White House Communications Department
  • Scripps Howard Foundation Wire Service, Washington D.C.
  • Institute of Political Journalism, Washington D.C. 
  • The Lincoln Journal Star 
  • Beatrice Daily News
  • The Crete News
  • Bellevue Leader
  • Sandhills Publishing
  • American Cancer Society
  • Nebraska School Activities Association
  • USA Track & Field
  • Lincoln Saltdogs 

"There is so much more than being a journalism major than just writing for a newspaper. Being in this field, you have to learn a little about a lot of different topics. As a journalism major you're allowed hands-on experience in several different types of media. Because of this, students develop a high work ethic that will market to any employer in any career field," Jake White, senior journalism major. 




Three-Year Graduation Program
Three Year Program: 

Focused on a major – and a career – in Journalism and Media and motivated to move ahead at a faster pace? Doane offers a Three-Year Graduation Program backed with a three-year guarantee.

The three-year degree program isn't for everybody. Students must apply and eligibility and acceptance are based on GPA, ACT/SAT scores and credits earned prior to enrollment.

For those committed students who fit this option, faculty have created an intensive academic plan with a three-year course schedule.

Learning Environment

Doane has facilities for all media - radio, TV, print and Internet.

Doane Student Media:

Doane's newsroom, which is open only to journalism and media majors, contains 12 up-to-date Macintosh computers, equipped with Adobe Creative Suite. It also serves as a classroom.

The KDNE radio station is automated and includes three studios for editing, news broadcasts and playing music. Students use up-to-date digital editing equipment.

Doane's TV station includes a control room and a studio with three cameras. Several portable HD video cameras are used for fieldwork and a video switcher and character generator to improve the professional look of the broadcasts. The station also owns several Final Cut Pro cutting-edge digital editing systems.



Journalism and Media classes typically are small. Many have 12 or fewer students, allowing them the chance to work closely with professors.

Specialized Program Opportunities

Doane students have presented research regarding newspaper redesign at the annual National College Media Convention.  

All Doane media are operated by journalism and media students.  Students are not censored and make all decisions about whether to broadcast or publish.

Student Organizations

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JOU 105 - Introduction to Journalism and Media (3)
JOU 113 - Basic News Writing and Reporting (3)
JOU 135 - Broadcast Journalism Writing (3)
JOU 236 - Basic Audio Production (3)
JOU 238 - Basic Video Production (3)
JOU 353 - Contemporary Issues (3)
JOU 360 - Multiplatform Journalism (3)
JOU 421 - Journalism Internship (0-12)
JOU 445 - Legal and Ethical Issues (3)
JOU 495 - Capstone Seminar and Workshop (3)
ATV 131 - KDNE (0-1)
ATV 132 - Doane Owl (0-1)
ATV 133 - 1014 Magazine (0-1)
JOU 295 - Television Practicum (1)
JOU 213 - Beat Reporting (3)
JOU 214 - Photojournalism (3)
JOU 223 - Editing and Design (3)
JOU 230 - Introduction to Magazine Publishing (3)
JOU 245 - Broadcast Performance (3)
JOU 315 - The Electronic Journalism Program (3)
JOU 355 - Advanced Electronic Production (3)