Because all careers are media careers

Today’s employers are looking for critical thinkers who can navigate a complex world--interpreting, managing, and producing effective mediated communication. 

The Department of Media, Journalism & Film combines a rigorous humanities education with real-world media skills, outstanding networking, and internship opportunities, preparing students for jobs in--and beyond--the media industries.


Specialized training

MJF is home to three majors:

Journalism -- Report, edit, and produce across print, broadcast, and digital platforms

Media and Communication (formerly Media & Culture) -- Produce multi-platform content; research and analyze media industries, audiences, and cultures.

Strategic Communication -- Produce effective messaging strategies for corporate, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.

MJF also offers a co-major:

Film Studies -- Analyze, direct, shoot, and edit.

In-demand skills

While the areas of specialization differ, all MJF students develop a core set of in-demand skills:

Effective writing

The ability to craft a persuasive argument for multiple media 

Critical analysis of media messages and campaigns

Media production skills

Research methodologies

Analysis of media audiences, industries, and media cultures

Leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving

Networks and opportunities


MJF students intern at top networks, magazines, newspapers, PR firms, and agencies, such as ESPN, NBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Rolling Stone, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and more.

Study Away

-- MJF’s unique study-away programs put students where the action is, shadowing a Hollywood scriptwriter on set, taping a Q & A broadcast segment with a congresswoman in her D.C. office, or helping a non-profit agency in an emerging country translate its message to the web. Opportunities include:

  • Florence (Italy): Writing, Media and Culture

  • Inside Chicago

  • Inside Hollywood

  • Inside London

  • Inside New York

  • Inside Washington

  • NYC Media

Student Media

MJF students get practical experience through many student media outlets, reporting for the Miami Student newspaper, hosting a show on RedHawk Radio, or shooting a photo spread for Up fashion magazine, starring in an independent film with the Miami Association of Filmmakers and Independent Actors, or hosting the campus news broadcast for Miami University Television, or competing on a national level with the Miami chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. There are 17 Miami student media organizations listed on the MJF website.

Alumni Networks

MJF grads include the former Executive Producer of Late NIght Entertainment at NBC; a host and commentator for Fox Sports, MLB Network and NFL Network; the Chief Operations Officer of Twitter, a National Correspondent for CBS News, a Sports Reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Vice President of Broadcasting and Content Development for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, the PR and communications manager for The Onion, and a sports editor at United Press International (UPI), to name just a few. 

Alumni careers include: 

City Capital Ventures (Chicago, Illinois) Administrator of Communication Analytics

NET‐A‐PORTER (New York, New York) Junior Product Writer 

Axcess Worldwide (New York, New York) Coordinator, New Business 

WKRC‐TV (Cincinnati, Ohio) Production Team

Leo Burnett (Chicago, Illinois) Associate Project Manager

NBCUniversal (New York, New York) Account Services

Student spotlight

Mariel Padilla (JRN 2017) is a data investigative fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. While at Miami, she participated in the Inside New York program, edited The Miami Quarterly, and interned for The Cincinnati Enquirer, winning the coveted Pulitzer Prize for her work on the team-reported series “Seven Days of Heroin.”