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A letter from School Director Dr. Loup Langton
I am honored to be a part of the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting community and excited to be working with faculty, students and staff in helping SJ&B fulfill its mission of preparing students for careers in a changing media environment.
The School's reputation for excellence and tradition of success continue to attract outstanding faculty and top students from across the nation, but we're also relentlessly working to stay at the forefront through innovative approaches to education and community engagement.
We hold our students and ourselves to high standards, and we encourage students to think big. We foster an entrepreneurial spirit and constantly seek new ways to partner with individuals and communities at the local, national and international levels, and we emphasize ethical storytelling, strong content and hands-on experience with new technologies.
In my opinion, however, our greatest asset is the mentoring that takes place outside the classroom. The School of Journalism & Broadcasting faculty prides itself in nurturing students to successful careers and rewarding lives.
Contact us any time to learn more.
Dr. Loup Langton
Director, School of Journalism & Broadcasting
Western Kentucky University
- To prepare students for a changing media environment by focusing on content, ethics and technology
- Community Impact and Service: Integrate a spirit of social awareness and community service among students, faculty and staff
- Digital Media Technology and Responsible Social Media Integration: Promote an integrated Digital Media and Social Media approach to both education and creativity among faculty and students
- Hands-On Curriculum: Maintain a curriculum that emphasizes hands-on learning and reflects global professional practices
- Internationally Recognized and Diverse Faculty: Develop and support a top-tier faculty that leads its respective profession through effective teaching, creative work and active engagement in scholarship
- Spirit of Innovation: Promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking among faculty and students.
- Embrace Collaboration: Encourage collaboration as an opportunity to innovate and create strategic partnerships among all the disciplines
|A Tradition of Excellence|
Since 1979, when it was only two years old, the Department of Journalism has been nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education for Journalism and Mass Communications. The department was re-accredited in 1997-98. In 1999 the department merged with the broadcasting program and the University created the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.
In 2004 and again in 2010, the School in its new configuration was re-accredited. Being accredited means the school adheres to high standards, including emphasis in liberal arts and sciences education in the attainment of a professional communications degree. The majors in advertising, broadcasting, news/editorial journalism, public relations and photojournalism are scrutinized by the council, which is made up of educators and representatives of 20 professional and six educational communication organizations in the United States.
Journalism Scholars Day, a 41-year tradition at WKU, attracted more than 385 Kentucky high school journalism students from 15 schools across the state to campus on Nov. 15.
WKU associate professor Vicki Bagwell, APR, Fellow PRSA, was one of 14 public relations professionals and educators inducted in the Public Relations Society of Americas College of Fellows at the recent PRSA 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia.