The Department of Media, Journalism and Film prepares students for the media world of today and the future through core and cluster courses.
The Department draws from the fields of digital audio/radio, digital video/television, and film production, scriptwriting and reporting, and broadcast (i.e. radio and television), print, mobile and online news. It addresses current industry standards, technological trends of convergence and community needs, while meeting the university’s historical mission. The Department unifies several intellectual and creative strands within the School that share the common concerns of communicating in effective ways at the local, regional, national and global levels.
Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts specializing in media and film, journalism, and interdisciplinary studies (build a major) and a Master of Fine Arts in Film.
The Department of Media, Journalism and Film was created by combining programs from Howard University’s two ACEJMC-accredited Departments of Journalism and of Radio, Television and Film. The Department has award-winning, internationally and nationally renowned filmmakers, journalists, media producers, documentarians, and research scholars among its faculty and has strong ties with major communications organizations. NABJ ranked HU’s journalism program as number one in the nation. The film program produced an elite Director’s Guild Fellow. The film program was named as one of the best university cinematography programs.
The Department is affiliated with a university-owned and operated public television station (WHUT-TV), a top-rated commercial urban radio station (WHUR-FM), satellite radio channels and HD radio channels. The Department operates several student-run media including WHBC, an AM radio station that also broadcasts online; GlassHouseRadio.com, an Internet talk radio station; HUNewsService.com, a national news service; TruthBeTold.news, a new fact-checking site; and 101Magazine.net, a print and online magazine. Students are also engaged with Spotlight Network (a student news broadcast) and The Hilltop (the university’s award-winning newspaper). The Department also sponsors student chapters of the major mass communication and journalism organizations.
Mission, Vision and Core Values
The Howard University Department of Media, Journalism and Film provides a professional and supportive scholarly environment informed by the African-American experience in which students learn to become exemplary practitioners, leaders and entrepreneurs who serve the profession and society. The department strives to graduate students empowered with the skills and tools necessary to understand and address social, political, economic and cultural injustices, particularly involving African Americans and other people of color.
Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film strives to be “a best in class” professional program. Faculty, students and alumni will have a far-reaching and rewarding impact on their disciplines, industry and society.
In the Howard University Department of Media, Journalism and Film, teaching and mentoring students is our first priority. The Department strives to provide students an educational experience that will transform them into accomplished globally aware leaders.
The Department strives to instill in students a sense of professional and intellectual curiosity, critical-thinking skills and a commitment to life-long learning, given the ever-changing communications technology.
The Department strives to equip students with best in class professional skills and values traditionally associated with the communications media. These values include:
- Integrity – ethical conduct in practice, teaching, service and personal lives
- Leadership – serving as a role model and taking responsibility for the images you create
- Respect and civility – fair and equitable interpersonal relationships among faculty, staff, students and community members
- Collaboration – mutually beneficial relationships at the department, school, university, media and community levels, both locally and internationally
- Professional practice– excellence in knowledge generation, analysis, innovation, entrepreneurship and dissemination
- Advocacy – advocating for and raising awareness of the communication needs and the rights of marginalized communities, both locally and internationally.
These values are reflected in:
- Expansion of the Media Innovation Center with university support and external funding to:
- Enhance co-curricular programs while fostering independent and transformative learning, teamwork, entrepreneurship and excellence across media platforms
- Build upon interdisciplinary work across the campus
- Collaborate with WHUT-TV and the Howard University Radio Network to integrate professional training and productions into the curriculum, building upon the legacy of pioneering student work as a regular part of station programming
- Partner with other professional media outlets
- Serve as an incubator for innovation, revenue generation and leadership in this historic media revolution
- Include an archivist to document MJF highlights; preserve MJF holdings and external acquisitions; as well as build programs around them
- Eventually house the center in a state-of-the-art collaborative environment
- Professors’ desire to work with students beyond the classroom
- A rigorous curriculum that includes opportunities to achieve competence in core subjects and in particular fields
- Recruiting, retaining and rewarding professors who have a demonstrated passion and talent for teaching, service, creative research and professional development
- Recognition of professors who are outstanding teachers and mentors.