Journalism and Mass Communication

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The Next Big Story

Journalism and Mass Communication offers a home for those first-year students aspiring to be professionals in media and media studies. Engage in social, academic, and creative hands-on activities related to a wide variety of professional media applications, including online, print, broadcast, and video forms of journalism and public relations.

Programming for Journalism and Mass Communication

Experiences in this community may include the following:

  • Iowa Football Press Conference: Get in on the action and attend a Football Press Conference with local journalists, and Football Coach Kirk Ferentz
  • Lunch with professional journalist Steve Seidman
  • SJMC Appliction Q&A: Spend one on one time with professors from SJMC and find out what it takes to submit a successful application to study journalism at the University of Iowa
  • Private Luncheon with Ann Colwell from CNN 
  • Anchroman Movie Night
  • JMC Chicago Trip: Spend the day in Chicago and interact with professionals from places like the Big Ten Network, Ogolvy Public Relations, Olson PR, the Sun Times, and the White Sox Communications Team Cyd Zeigler Luncheon


Research suggests that Living-Learning Community students who participate in shared courses are more engaged with their academics and satisfied with their college experience.  Although courses available for communities vary each year, most LLCs provide students the opportunity to co-enroll in a course affiliated with the theme of their community. 
Media History and Culture

This course surveys the historical and cultural development of journalism in the U.S. from the Revolution to present. Course format consists of two lectures and a discussion section weekly. Three exams and three written exercises are required. This course is a prerequisite for admission to major status in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Participants are enrolled in the prerequisite course for the Journalism and Mass Communication major: Media History and Culture. This 3-semester-hour course also counts as general education credit.

Who Lives Here

This community accepts first-year and transfer students.

For More Information

For more information, contact Frank Durham at