School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Multimedia Journalism

Program Option

  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (B.A.J.M.C.) with a major in Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia Journalism web page

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2023-2024 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

As Multimedia Journalism majors, students gain knowledge and multimedia skills needed for careers in reporting, editing, management or publishing, in print and online.

Graduates work on publication staffs, in the news and production departments of other news media and agencies, in public information positions and in website editing positions.

Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake is among 115 accredited programs worldwide. To earn accreditation, schools meet 9 standards, which address such issues as class size, diversity, student services and curriculum. Accreditation reviews occur every 6 years. Drake’s program has been continuously accredited, most recently in 2016.

Degree Requirements

  • Meet all requirements of the Drake Curriculum
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average during the first 30 credit hours
  • Maintain a 2.25 grade point average at Drake after the 30th credit hour
  • Maintain a 2.25 grade point average in SJMC course work after the 30th credit hour

Students should work with their advisers to ensure selection of courses best-suited to their educational and career objectives.  Please see Graduation Requirements and Regulations sections of the catalog for additional information.

Multimedia Journalism Major Requirements

Required courses for the Multimedia Journalism major are as follows:

Course Credits
School of Journalism and Mass Communication Core Courses
JMC 030 - Mass Media in a Global Society 3
JMC 031 - Multimedia Lab 1
JMC 040 - Pre-Professional Workshop 1
JMC 041 - Financial Fundamentals for Communication Professionals 1
JMC 054 - Reporting and Writing Principles 3
JMC 055 - Digital Media Strategies 3
JMC 104 - Communication Law and Ethics 3
Area of Concentration - All SJMC majors must complete a 21-credit block of courses not offered within the SJMC. This block must be approved by the student's adviser and dean. At least 12 of these credits must be in courses numbered 100 or higher. Courses taken to satisfy requirements in other areas may also count toward this requirement. 21
Multimedia Journalism Major Courses
HIST 076 - America from 1877 to Present 3
JMC 057 - Video Production 3
JMC 058 - Foundations of Visual Communication 3
JMC 070 - Media Editing 3
JMC 100 - Electronic Field Production 3
JMC 105 - Web Content and Development, or
JMC 195 - App Design
JMC 172 - Journalism Capstone 3
Writing and Creation Elective (Choose One)  
JMC 057 - Video Production 3
JMC 067 - Digital Audio Writing and Production 3
JMC 075 - Digital Photography 3
Select three of the following  
JMC 103 - Public Affairs Reporting 3
JMC 120 - Magazine Freelance Writing 3
JMC 161 - Advanced Magzaine Staff Writing   3
JMC 168 - Advanced Reporting for Print and Online 3
JMC 173 - Reporting for TV & The Web 3
JMC Electives - select with advisor 5
JMC Total Credit Hours 44

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.