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Fort Hays State University
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Bachelor of Science or Arts in Information Networking and Telecommunications, Concentration: Digital Media Production and Journalism

In the Digital Media Production and Journalism Concentration students develop converged media skills. Curriculum includes traditional broadcast, but also digital media production to reflect the needs of today’s media job market. If you’re interested in production, you’ll have unique opportunities in animation and motion picture production and can begin studio work as a freshman.

Our students and alumni regularly win awards and recognition, including Academy Awards for Visual Effects, Emmys, and National Association of Broadcasters and Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards.

Our graduates work at NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, Fox affiliates, Honeywell, Steven Spielberg's Amblin Imaging, Eagle Communications, Cox Media and at the New York Film Institute. Some even own companies:

Download the Digital Media Production and Journalism program of study

Program Summary

Bachelor of Arts
General Education Coursework 65 hours
Core/Cross Concentration 39 hours
Emphasis/Free Electives 20 hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE 124 hours

Bachelor of Science
General Education Coursework: 55 Credit Hours
Core/Cross Concentration: 39 Credit Hours
Emphasis/Free Electives: 30 Credit Hours
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 124 Credit Hours

INFORMATICS MAJOR CORE (18 Credit Hours)

  • INF 250 Introduction to Web Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 300 Foundations of Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 405 Research Methods in Informatics (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 430 Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 490 Capstone Seminar in Informatics (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF/POLS 610 Public Policy, Ethics and Law in Information Networking (3 Credit Hours)
    or INF 626 Communications Ethics & Law (3 Credit Hours)

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS: DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION AND JOURNALISM (18 Credit Hours)

  • INF 140 Introduction to Electronic Media (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 240 News Reporting (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 346 Beginning Video Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 348 Beginning Audio Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 349 Convergent Media Lab (6 Credit Hours) - Take course twice

CROSS CONCENTRATION ELECTIVE: WEB & MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT/ COMPUTER NETWORKING & TELECOMMUNICATIONS (3 Credit Hours)
Choose one course.

  • INF 291 Internetworking I
  • INF 420 Social Issues in Informatics
  • INF 651 Advanced Web Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 658 Law of Cyberspace (3 Credit Hours)
EMPHASIS OPTIONS (15 Credit Hours of Electives)

Students will work with their advisor to tailor their remaining 15 Credit Hours of program electives for the major based upon their personal interests and goals. Possible courses include:

  • INF 322 Topics in Informatics: Corporate Video Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 336 Electronic Newsroom Operation (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 340 Media Performance (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 350 Sports Announcing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 479 Internship in Informatics (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 322 Topics in Informatics: Advanced Sports Announcing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 621 News Editing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 622 Feature Writing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 624 Media Continuity Writing (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 625 Advanced Digital Journalism (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 629 Media Management & Sales (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 633 Advanced Video Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 634 Graphics and Effects for Video (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 636 Computer Editing of Video (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 638 Intensive Video Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 651 Advanced Web Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 658 Law of Cyberspace (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 678 Advanced Audio Production (3 Credit Hours)
  • INF 678 Seminar in INT/Project Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • COMM 345 Desktop Publishing and Publication Design (3 Credit Hours)
  • ENG 602 Topics in Writing: Screen Writing (3 Credit Hours)
  • HHP 305 Sports Information Management (3 Credit Hours)
  • MUS 678 Seminar in Music Technology I (3 Credit Hours)
  • MUS 678 Seminar in Music Technology II (3 Credit Hours)
  • MUS 498 Recording Practicum (2 semesters) (4 Credit Hours)
  • SLP 472 Problems in SLP: Professional Voice Clinic (1 Credit Hour)
REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
  • COMM 318 Introduction to Organizational Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 110 College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 250 Elements of Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

RECOMMENDED CHOICES FOR FREE ELECTIVES

  • POLS 320 Introduction to Law (3 Credit Hours)

Leadership Studies Certificate

  • LDRS 300 Introduction to Leadership Concepts (3 Credit Hours)
  • LDRS 302 Introduction to Leadership Behavior (3 Credit Hours)
  • LDRS 310 Field Work in Leadership Studies (3 Credit Hours)
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