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WVU restructures journalism major as field changes

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Seventy-five years later, the Reed School of Media emerges with a new name, plans for a new 10,000-square-foot Media Innovation Center and, more importantly, a revamp to the journalism major.

The major revamp replaces the three areas of emphasis (print, television and visual journalism) and is part of the major’s two curriculum revamps since 2008, said college dean Maryanne Reed (no relation to the college founder).

In the new program, Reed said, there is no specific area of emphasis. Instead, students must demonstrate they are proficient in writing, producing content with digital tools and engaging an audience.

The College of Media core courses include three hours in Media Writing, Media Tools & Applications, and Media Ethics & Law.

Skills areas, which require a total of 18 hours, are broken down into four categories: Writing, creating, engaging and an elective…

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