The Journalism curriculum at Keene State College emphasizes the concepts of press objectivity, fairness, accuracy, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, as well as the development of analytical writing, research, production, and presentation skills.
Journalism students have the opportunity to work for the school newspaper, The Equinox and the weekly 30-minute television newscast, KSC-TV News. The Journalism program is housed in the Media Arts Center where students use the Journalism computer lab, the television broadcast studio, and audio and video editing labs. Journalism students get hands-on training with a variety of newsgathering technologies including: Canon and Panasonic video cameras, Avid and Sony Vegas nonlinear video editing, Adobe InDesign, and Photoshop.
Over the years, the Keene State Journalism department and its students have been active in the community and rewarded for outstanding accomplishments. Here are a few examples of the work we’re doing and how it’s been recognized.
High School Workshop
We take our role of being New Hampshire’s only public college Journalism degree program quite seriously. In that spirit, the KSC Journalism department now offers an annual statewide high school Journalism workshop. Our first workshop, held in April 2013, included high school students from across the state who toured KSC’s student newspaper operation and student broadcast television studio. Our award-winning faculty presented student sessions on newspapers, news broadcasting, photojournalism, and 21st century journalism models, along with professional development opportunities for those teaching and advising high school journalism activities.
In the past five years, Keene State Journalism students have won more than 70 national, regional, and statewide awards from such organizations as the Society for Collegiate Journalists, Society of Professional Journalists, Society of Environmental Journalists, New Hampshire Press Association, the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, The Kennedy Center Institute for Theater Journalism and Advocacy, and the College Media Association.
Constitution Day and Other Panels
For the last three years, Keene State Journalism faculty have provided the college with the federal requirement recognizing our annual Constitution Day event titled “Got Rights?” In addition, we have worked with the American Democracy Project to provide election-oriented panels including most recently “Smoke and Mirrors," an interactive chat about how presidential candidates have been packaged and pitched to citizens.