Multimedia Journalism

Top reasons why you should join us:

  • 3 publications offer opportunities for involvement: The Simpsonian newspaper, KSTM radio, ID Magazine
  • Guaranteed internships mean that all students graduate with professional experience ready to start their careers with success.
  • Faculty with professional experience guide your studies and help you develop your path to achieve your goals.  All students receive individual advising for coursework and job/internship search.
  • Simpson's strategic location just outside of Des Moines offers internship, job shadow and career opportunities at major broadcast affiliates, newspapers, and magazines.  100% of our Spring 2012 survey respondents affirmed their full-time employment (89% response rate).

“The digital media skills that were emphasized in my journalism classes at Simpson were essential in my duties as an intern at the Des Moines Register. I first learned how to use Twitter as a news tool in an introductory class my freshman year. But since, I’ve used it professionally to cover events from Occupy protests to a medical helicopter crash that killed four people. Without a doubt my experience in the classroom allowed me to be successful as a reporter of real-world breaking news events.”

Grant Rodgers ’12 Multimedia Journalism Major and former Simpsonian Editor-in-Chief, reporter for The Des Moines Register

Jobs and Internships for Simpson Multimedia Journalism Students

Des Moines RegisterFort Dodge Messenger
MeredithWHO TV, Des Moines
Sports IllustratedKETV, Omaha
GannettKEYC, Mankato

“Simpson College truly gave me what I needed to succeed. The professors in the communication department worked with me both in and outside of class to help me achieve my goals. Specifically, to help create opportunities through internships with television stations in Des Moines, which ultimately led to me landing a full time television job before graduating.

Simpson is a great place to learn and to grow, both as a student and as an individual. Staff will do all they can to give you the wings you need to succeed; you just have to fly.”

Hannah Pickett ’10,Television Reporter for KETV, the ABC affiliate, and top-rated station Omaha, Nebraska, specializing in crime, court, and investigative stories

We admit it. Keeping up with the pace of the ever-changing communications channels and how best to use them is a challenge. Our communications faculty members have proven they are up for the challenge and work hard to keep you on the cutting edge of new, exciting communications mediums.

A degree in multimedia journalism means our students master the art of traditional writing, editing and reporting skills, plus learn how to create podcasts, video and audio productions along with website content. It’s our innovative approach to journalism that keeps our successful Simpson students current with the fast pace of new media.

Multimedia Journalism Major

Students will complete ten courses plus internship as follows:

Required:

  • Comm 101 Introduction to Communication & Media Studies
  • Comm 211 Beginning Newswriting & Reporting
  • Comm 220 Mass Communication & Society OR Comm 275 Gender, Race, Class & Media
  • Comm 221 Video Production OR Comm 271 Audio Production
  • Comm 301 Media Law & Ethics
  • Comm 311 Editing & Design
  • Comm 315 Journalism 2.0
  • Comm 351 History of Media Technologies in America
  • Comm 361 Seminar in Multimedia Journalism
  • Comm 155 Student Media Practicum
  • Comm 319 Internship

Multimedia Journalism Minor

Students will complete six courses as follows:

Required:

  • Comm 101 Introduction to Communication & Media Studies
  • Comm 211 Beginning News-writing & Reporting
  • Comm 220 Mass Communication & Society OR Comm 275 Gender, Race, Class & Media
  • Comm 221 Video News-writing & Production OR Comm 271 Audio Writing & Production
  • Comm 301 Mass Media Law & Ethics
  • Comm 311 Editing & Design

Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.