Why major in Mass Media with a concentration in contemporary journalism at Washburn?

If you want in news reporting – for TV, radio/podcasting, newspapers, magazines, digital outlets, or the format of the future – the concentration in contemporary journalism is for you. In this program you’ll learn the technical “hard skills” and the “soft skills” necessary for interviewing, public records analysis, information gathering and fact-checking. With this major you’ll graduate with a portfolio and internship experience and be ready to put your critical thinking skills to work for your community.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary $49,300on campus
A journalism student takes notes during an interview.

What sets Washburn Mass Media apart?

You’ll learn from faculty members with extensive industry experience, not from graduate students.

You’ll graduate and begin your job search with a professional portfolio and at least one internship experience.

As a Film and Video Student, you’ll be involved in all aspects of the annual WIFI Film Festival.

Study abroad and experiential learning are embraced by the department, with scholarship support. Get a behind the scenes look at Hollywood in MM

You’ll be eligible for academic scholarships and project leadership opportunities through the department, as well as paid work through Washburn Student Media or Washburn’s own Video Production Services.

Low-cost and no-cost for textbooks in your major courses. (A recent review showed 60 percent of Mass Media courses require no textbook expense. In another 37 percent of our courses, textbook cost is low.)

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook

Job Placement


of graduates begin their careers in a media industry role.

Student/faculty ratio


Graduate in four years

More than half of all mass media majors graduate in four years.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Mass Media Department

Mass Media Department
Henderson Learning Center
3rd Floor; Room 316
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1836

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