- Major Name: Journalism
- Degree Program: Journalism
- Degree Designation: AA
- College / School: Liberal Arts
The Journalism program at Potomac State College is a hands-on, multimedia learning experience in writing, graphic design, social media, technology and teamwork. The department recently acquired 360fly cameras for making 360-degree videos.
Journalism students are directly responsible for the College newspaper, the Pasquino. From day one, Journalism students are involved in the paper. Freshman students volunteer on the student paper writing news and taking photos. Sophomore majors run the student paper as news, sports, photo and online editors and page designers.
Students are active on campus making videos and learning new technology in the Tools and Applications class.
WKYW–LP a.k.a. “Mountain Streams Radio,” a partnership with the Mineral County Historical Society, went on air February 2017 and will broadcast from facilities in the College’s Catamount Place residence hall. The station will offer a broad mix of music with roots in West Virginia and the Appalachian region along with information of particular importance to Mineral County. Students will have the opportunity to get involved by writing and producing radio segments.
Academic advising, tutoring, computer lab time, individual attention and small class size characterize the Journalism program. Amber Butcher, Journalism adviser and unit coordinator, works one-on-one with students to place them in summer internships and part-time jobs writing for the local newspaper. She also works individually with students to ensure academic success.
In order to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism, a student needs to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of required and elective course work.
The Journalism major prepares graduates for advanced studies in reporting, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, editing, photography, social media marketing and related careers. Journalism majors have the unique opportunity to display examples of their published work for university admissions boards and prospective employers.