Media, Journalism and Film
 

The Department of Media, Journalism and Film prepares students for the media world of today and the future through core and cluster courses.

Media, Journalism and Film 

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.

Award-Winning

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.

Hands-on Experience

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.

Vision

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.

Core Values

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.
Contact Information
Yanick Rice Lamb
Chair
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Our Courses

SCOM 120 - 3 Cr.

Digital Media Literacy

 SCOM 120 Digital Media Literacy is an introductory course help you develop the...

Visual Communication

MJFC 202. Visual Communication. 3 crs. Students gather information in pictures, video...
MJFC 220 - 3Cr.

Media Production II

MJFC 220. Media Production II. 3 crs. Theory and practice of the basic principles...

Media Programming

MJFC 318. Media Programming. 3 crs. Survey of radio and television programs and on-the-air...

Videography

MJFC 342. Videography. 3 crs. An intermediate course in video, studio and field production,...

Scriptwriting

MJFC 340. Scriptwriting. 3 crs. This course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals...

Our Faculty

Michael Austin
Assistant Professor

Michael Austin

Assistant Professor of Media, Journalism, and Film Coordinator, Interdisciplinary...
Mark E. Beckford
Assistant Professor

Mark E. Beckford

Before joining Howard University’s Department of Media, Journalism and Film...
Julie Dash
Time-Warner Visiting Professor

Julie Dash

Julie Dash was born and raised in New York City; she has toured nationally and internationally...
Idit Dvir
Associate Professor

Idit Dvir

Professor Dvir received her B.A. from Brooklyn College and her M.F.A. in Cinematography...
Ron Harris
Adjunct Professor

Ron Harris

Ron Harris is an adjunct professor,  managing editor of the Howard University News...
Candy Shannon (Lewis)

Candy Shannon (Lewis)

Candy Shannon (Lewis) had firmly established herself in the Washington Metropolitan...
Kyle Murdock
Director Of Media Learning

Kyle Murdock

Kyle Murdock is an alumni of Howard University’s School Of Communications, class...
Fredric Kendrick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Fredric Kendrick, Ph.D.

PhD     Mass Communication and Media Studies  Howard University MS      ...
Cynthia Morton
Associate Professor

Cynthia Morton

C.L. (Tina) Morton is a media activist, video oral historian, Associate Professor...
Sam Harman
Assistant Professor

Sam Harman

Sam Harman brings expertise in script development, production and directing for film....
Haile Gerima
Professor

Haile Gerima

Haile Gerima is an independent filmmaker and professor of film at Howard University...
Neosho C. Ponder, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Neosho C. Ponder, Ph.D.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Neosho C. Ponder is an adjunct professor at Howard...
Judi Moore Latta
Professor

Judi Moore Latta

Judi Moore Latta, Ph.D., is professor of Media, Journalism and Film at Howard University...
Montré Missouri
Associate Professor

Montré Missouri

Professor Montré Missouri is a filmmaker and film studies researcher who has recently...
Jami E. Ramberan
Assistant Professor

Jami E. Ramberan

Washington native Jami Ramberan is an award-winning  filmmaker and educator....
Vicci Saunders
Associate Professor

Vicci Saunders

Vicci Saunders is an Associate Professor in the Media, Film, and Journalism Department,...
Indira S. Somani
Assistant Professor

Indira S. Somani

Indira S. Somani, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Media, Journalism...
Ingrid Sturgis
Associate Professor

Ingrid Sturgis

Ingrid Sturgis is an associate professor specializing in new media in the Department...
Jennifer Thomas
Assistant Professor

Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer C. Thomas is an assistant professor in the Department of Media, Journalism...
Sonja Williams
Professor

Sonja Williams

Throughout her professional career, Sonja Williams has served as an educator as well...