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About JMC

Our Vision

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University will be the most relevant, student-centered and ethically driven accredited program in the country.

Our Mission 

We provide our students with a solid academic experience that balances both conceptual and practical courses, professional opportunities and multiple internships, all of which are grounded in a foundation of ethics in a diverse and global society. 

Professional Values and Core Competencies 

As a program accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, we are committed to developing a curriculum designed to meet twelve professional competencies. This course, as part of a larger program, contributes to our development of:

THOUGHTFUL, PROFICIENT COMMUNICATORS

  • write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve.

  • demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications.

  • understand concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information.

  • apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.

WHO ARE CREATIVE, CRITICAL THINKERS  

  • think critically, creatively and independently.

TRAINED TO UNCOVER AND EVALUATE INFORMATION

  • conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.

  • critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.

  • apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.

WITHIN A LEGAL AND ETHICAL FRAMEWORK

  • understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press in the United States, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;

  • demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.

IN A DIVERSE AND GLOBAL SOCIETY

  • demonstrate an understanding of gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation, and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications.

  • demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of people and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.

National Accreditation

JMC is the only school of journalism and communication in Northeast Ohio accredited by Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).

Accreditation matters. It signifies that a program meets rigorous national standards for excellence, as evaluated by peers and practitioners in the field.

“Accreditation is an assurance of quality in professional education in journalism and mass communications. Students in an accredited program can expect to find a challenging curriculum, appropriate resources and facilities, and a competent faculty. Accredited programs may offer scholarships, internships, competitive prizes, and other activities unavailable in non-accredited programs. Accredited programs in journalism and mass communications offer the assurance that they have been evaluated by academic peers and leading practitioners and have met the tests of the nine standards.” (ACEJMC)

Our Students

With more than 800 undergrads and nearly 300 graduate students, there is no typical JMC student.

Some of our students are “family firsts” – the first person in their families to attend college. Some are second-, third- or fourth-generation Kent Staters. Some love film, others express themselves with photography. Some are passionate about strategic communication – engaging the public, persuading, motivating, transforming. The diversity of our student body makes our School stronger and more successful.

Our students are born storytellers … aspiring professionals with big plans for the future … cool, creative types who are ready to launch.

Independent. Innovative. Downright interesting. JMC students live up to these qualities and more. That’s why you belong here.