Department of Journalism & Creative Media

The Department of Journalism & Creative Media (JCM) was formed in the fall of 2016 after a merger of the Department of Journalism and the Department of Telecommunication & Film. Home to award-winning faculty who bring significant professional media experience and advanced academic training, the department empowers students to be analytical storytellers who utilize a diverse array of media to reach various audiences.

The united department emphasizes a combination of advanced writing and production skills in an academic framework to ensure graduates are media professionals who understand the social and critical underpinnings of their work and have the technical and managerial skills to adapt to the professional landscape. JCM graduates serve in leadership roles across the globe in all forms of media.

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Programs

The Department of Journalism & Creative Media offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Journalism and Telecommunication & Film as well as five minors open to students from all academic colleges across the university.

Journalism majors can focus on general journalism, visual and multimedia journalism, or sports news and information.

Telecommunication & Film majors can focus on media production, electronic reporting, production management, critical studies in film and television, or documentary.

For more information about the specific programs, click the links below or visit cis.ua.edu.

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Minors, Second Majors, and Electives

Popular minors, second majors, and upper-level special requirements are found in the following areas: American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Consumer Sciences, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics, English, Foreign Language, General Business, History, Human Development and Family Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Theater, and Women's Studies. The department encourages second majors where possible, especially within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Grades

To receive credit toward graduation, a student must receive a C- or higher for all courses in the College of Communication & Information Sciences. Students must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 to enroll in upper division courses in the college.

Major Status

Students should declare their major and minor as soon as possible by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

Advising Assistance

Freshmen and Sophomores will be assigned professional advisors in Tisch Student Services and upperclassmen will be assigned individual faculty advisers who will be listed in DegreeWorks. Students should use DegreeWorks to check their progress and make academic plans to help them graduate on time. The formal advising period occurs during registration each semester; however, if questions or special problems arise, students may make appointments with their academic adviser or contact the departmental office at any time during the semester.

Faculty

Professors
  • Armstrong, Cory (Chair)
  • Billings, Andrew C.
  • Bissell, Kimberly
  • Bragg, Rick
  • Bunker, Matthew
  • Butler, Jeremy G.
  • Evans, William
  • Lowrey, Wilson
  • Tran, Pamela K. Doyle
  • Zhou, Shuhua
Associate Professors
  • Daniels, George
  • Roberts, Christopher
  • Warner, Kristen J.
  • Williams, Glenda Cantrell
Assistant Professors
  • Bragg, Dianne
  • Bruce, Michael D.
  • Hoewe, Jennifer
  • Kim, Yonghwan
  • Panek, Elliot
  • Parrott, Scott
  • Payne, Matthew Thomas
  • Raimist, Rachel
Instructors
  • Anderson, Lars
  • Champion, Maya
  • Clark, Chandra
  • Corrao, Nicholas S.
  • Cummings, Meredith
  • Meissner, Dan
  • Sherrick, Brett
Lecturers
  • Brantley, Chip
  • Cammeron, Dwight B.
  • Grace, Andrew B.
Professor Emeriti
  • Brown, James A.
  • Bryant, Jennings
  • Mullins, Edward
  • Singleton, Loy
  • Sloan, W. David
  • Zillmann, Dolf

Courses

JN
101
Hours
2
Journalistic Principles and Practices

The role of journalism in a democratic society, emphasizing history, law and ethics. Students are introduced to career options and opportunities for journalism majors and minors. Students start a professional blog, which will be used as their work portfolio as they progress in the department. Required of all majors and minors in the department. This course is open only to JN majors and minors.

TCF
100
Hours
3
Intro To Telecommunication

Explores film, television, news, and new media with a focus on story, and examines how each of these mediums function at both the level of individual and the level of global society.

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