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Communication & Media Major

Explore a discipline that’s at the heart of the human experience.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication & Media

With MVNU’s Communication and Media major, you’ll develop practical skills needed for organizational and interpersonal leadership and careers in everything from journalism and mass media production to public relations to event planning.

The digital media concentration equips students with a passion for journalism, audio/radio, video/television, and film. We help you develop the relevant performance and production skills you need for a successful career in the ever-changing media industry. You will learn how to use the technologies, programs, and equipment required to produce effective, high-quality media, especially in radio, video, and print formats.

The strategic communication concentration blends foundational learning in time-tested communication theory, small group processes, and mass media, and dives deeper into public relations, plus establishing and implementing ethical foundations upon which your organization or brand can build a positive image.

Recognized by Christian Music Broadcasters

WNZR received the first-ever Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) University Station of the Year award on Friday, June 2, at the CMB Momentum 2023 conference in Orlando, Florida.

WNZR was one of five college or university-affiliated radio stations nominated. Each was required to submit written summaries of their 2022-23 Kingdom impact and community service, 10 minutes of audio of on-air performance, 10 minutes of imaging and production, and a two-minute video summarizing the station’s use of digital media. Stations were evaluated by industry professionals based on a rubric assessing the submitted materials. View full press release.

WNZR students featured at CMB conference

By MVNU Communications | January 26, 2024

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Communication & Media and WNZR students were featured in a special presentation during the two-day Christian Music Broadcasters University in November 2023. Three MVNU seniors — Allison Prouty, Mike Basko, and Jonathon Langdon — served as a special CMBU Award Winner Panel interviewed by CMB Executive Director…

WNZR named 2023 CMB University Station of the Year

By MVNU Communications | June 6, 2023

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio —WNZR 90.9 FM, a broadcast ministry of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, received the first-ever Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) University Station of the Year award on Friday, June 2, at the CMB Momentum 2023 conference in Orlando, Florida. WNZR was one of five college or university-affiliated radio stations nominated. Each was required to…

Communication and Media Curriculum

Explore our robust communication and media curriculum, which creates space for a Professional Portfolio and Management course during your junior year.

Faith & learning at MVNU

As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.

Travel

Communication and Media majors who are involved with WNZR radio and TV, the Lakeholm Viewer, chapel video streaming and other department activities, have the opportunity to travel to, and participate in, the annual Momentum conference and CMB University through the Christian Music Broadcasters, traveling with our MVNU men’s and women’s basketball teams for Crossroads or NAIA National Tournament games is also possible. Our team has also visited behind-the-scenes with Columbus Blue Jackets media and PR teams on game days!

Summer communication internships have included students working anywhere from Akron, Ohio, to Houston, Texas, to Yellowstone National Park to Manila, Philippines.

All MVNU students are also invited to participate in our many other service and learning trips.

Service Learning:
  • Belize (Tropical Biology)
  • Swaziland
  • Haiti
  • Croatia, Austria & Hungary
  • Italy
  • Spain, Portugal & France
  • Greater Columbus Area
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • New Orleans
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Guyana
  • Guatemala

Communication and Media Scholarships

Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.

Students who have completed at least one year in the program can apply for the WNZR Community Endowment, which awards up to $1,000 to a Communication and Media major/digital media concentration with at least a 3.0 GPA. This scholarship was founded and is supported by WNZR’s Lifeline fundraiser.

MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.

Communication and Media Careers

A degree in Communication and Media opens the door to a wealth of career opportunities. MVNU grads have gone on to be everything from songwriters and radio hosts to sports journalists, videographers, YouTubers, development directors, communications coordinators, and marketing managers.

JOURNALISM

Enter the wide-ranging world of broadcast, print, or web journalism and get the word out in traditional and nontraditional channels.

SPORTS

Join ranks with sportscasters, journalists, and announcers in academic, recreational, and pro-sports environments.

FILM

Get into filmmaking by creating docuseries, honing your interview skills, and mastering the art of storytelling.

TRAINING

Use your skills to support corporate training and development, curriculum development, or other educational support services.

MARKETING

Blend the best of integrated marketing and communications and build a career that balances logic and creativity.

ADVERTISING

Find the right medium and the right audience for the message in print, online, and radio advertising.

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Meet the Faculty

Learn from faculty members who know how to balance theory and practical application for a relevant, empowering, Christ-centered learning experience.

Adjuncts

  • Professor Eric Brown, Adjunct Instructor in Public Speaking
  • Professor Laural Heinze, Adjunct Instructor in Public Relations
  • Professor Alan Reed, Lakeholm Viewer adviser and Adjunct Instructor in Journalism
  • Professor Andria Bolden, Adjunct Instructor in Communication
  • Marcy Rinehart, WNZR Station Manager and Adjunct Instructor

We practice what we teach

In the Founders Hall Mac lab, you will also have access to 16 iMacs which include programs like Adobe Creative Cloud and Final Cut Pro X. Between software, video cameras, microphones, digital recorders and other accessories, you will have every opportunity and tool you need to get creative and hone your craft.

Founders 221 studio classroom with chroma key wall – this classroom was remodeled in 2017 and includes the ability to host small, single or multi-camera video projects and photo shoots.

The WNZR studios include on-air, production and three offices for WNZR supervisory staff. There is also an overflow work area and a conference room that seats eight. WNZR operates 24/7/365.

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