Media, Journalism and Film

About MJFC

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.

As film and television production students, you will study all aspects of the TV and filmmaking process, from development, scriptwriting, pre-production and production, through post-production and distribution. Our audio production students study the science of sound and digital audio, the recording of the voice and the environment, digital editing, mixing and mastering. And as broadcast and digital journalists, you will fulfill one of the most important roles in today’s society -- defenders of the First Amendment, the cornerstone of our democracy.  

Come join us in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film!

**Note: Students requesting to use Howard University equipment must make an "Equipment Reservation" and have it approved by your professor.  Once the reservation has been approved the student must complete the "Statement of Responsibility" liability form and attach it with the reservation to take the equipment with them.

The MET Building

300 Bryant St. NW,

Room 101-C1

Washington, DC 20001

Chair: Ingrid Sturgis

email: isturgis@howard.edu

Phone (202) 806-7927

A Message From Our Chair

Welcome to the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. For a half-century, we have been the leading producer of Black media practitioners. Whether you are interested in journalism, audio production, filmmaking or TV production, you will focus on learning by doing. You will get hands-on experience to tell the stories of hidden figures in innovative ways … in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Our graduates are Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award winners, newsroom leaders, independent filmmakers, media makers and digital innovators. And many of our graduates call the shots as media executives and entrepreneurs. 

Our Programs

MFA Film

The program focuses on film history, the role of film in society, film theory, and film criticism.

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Our Faculty & Staff

Quazi Zebunnahar Ahmed, PHD

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Adjunct Lecturer

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Ericka Blount

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Lecturer

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Idit Dvir

Associate Professor

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Heidi Gerber-Salins, M.A.

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Maha Haddad, MFA, M.A.

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Master Instructor

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Nikole Hannah-Jones

Knight Chair in Race and Journalism

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Yanick Rice Lamb, Ph.D.

Professor

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Dominic McKenzie, M.A., ACB

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Director, Howard University Multicultural Media Academy

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Christine McWhorter, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism

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Srikanth Nandigama

Assistant Professor and Film-TV Sequence Coordinator

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Akosua Adoma Owusu

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Assistant Professor of Film

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Vasilios Papaioannu, MFA

Assistant Professor

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Stacey Patton, Ph.D.

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Jami Ramberan, MFA

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Associate Professor

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Vicci Saunders, MFA

Associate Professor
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Shahriar Shafiani, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

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Shom Shamapande

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Lecturer

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Ingrid Sturgis, M.A.

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Department Chair

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Jennifer C Thomas, MA, Associate Professor

Associate Professor and Journalism Sequence Coordinator

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Sonja Williams

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Professor

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