Multimedia Journalism

Whether your goal is to report on breaking news in Washington, highlight the good in your local community, or write for Rolling Stone, St. Ambrose gives you the education be an ethical, compelling and successful storyteller.

Our students work at Freemont (Neb.) Tribune, NerdWerks,, WNWO-TV, Nickelodeon, CCTV America, and many others.

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  • Hands-On Skills and Classes
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From the day you step into our classrooms, you’ll be invited to contribute your ideas and to participate in our media outlets. Our faculty provide you with the skills and opportunities to be a journalist now and in the future.

see our fact sheet on the multimedia journalism major

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More Information on the Multimedia Journalism Major

What will I learn?

Multimedia Journalism majors learn to write news, in-depth features, sports, and advertising content for all areas of print, electronic, and digital media.

You will take courses in media law; learn research, interviewing and reporting skills; and learn hands-on how to use current technologies used in the field now.

What are some of my unique learning opportunities?

We don't want our students to sit still. Instead, we want them to learn by doing. Here is a sample of what you can do at SAU:

Get involved with The Buzz, SAU's student-run newspaper. When you join the staff, you can help choose content, report and edit stories, handle design and layout pages, be a photographer, and sell and design advertising.

SAUtv is a 24/7 station that offers programming on education and technology. Our students produce a weekly newscast, operate cameras, edit video on state-of-the-art equipment, broadcast live sporting events, and work as on-air talent. Check out the SAUtv YouTube Channel.

KALA Radio broadcasts 24/7 on 88.5 and 106.1 FM, featuring everything from blues to gospel to urban to rock. We also have The Stinger, an online-only radio station featuring pop, alternative, and some country music. Best of all, our students choose the shows, program music, edit news specials, volunteer at community events, and broadcast live sporting events under the direction of a staff advisor.

Intern! You will get marketable experience, learn from professionals, and network with your future colleagues while you are still in college. Our Communication Department faculty have deep connections in the media world, and working with the SAU Career Center, you are provided with opportunities to learn in the field. For instance:

  • Journalism students have interned with local NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX affiliates, and newspapers including the Quad-City Times and The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus.
  • Radio and Television majors have interned with local NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX affiliates, and with many area radio stations.

Public Relations and Strategic Communication majors have interned with Quad City Mallards, Genesis Medical Center, The District of Rock Island, Quad-City Times, Quad City River Bandits, and several advertising and public relations agencies.

What kind of career opportunities are there?

Our graduates are successful as writers, reporters and editors with newspapers, magazines, non-profit organizations, corporate communication departments and creative agencies. Others have established careers in such closely-related fields as advertising and public relations. Some have landed careers in political communications and public affairs.

Our multimedia journalism major is excellent preparation for graduate study in communication, business administration, public administration and law.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Fabiola Orozco '14 double-majored in English and Journalism, a natural combination for her job as a Marketing Communications Assistant at UnityPoint Health.
  • Shelby Steger '15 works at HON in Muscatine, Iowa, as a Representative and Recruiter.
  • Jessica Denney '09 is Coordinator of Development at the Creative Arts Academy in Davenport. She also paired her journalism major with a Radio/TV major and a theatre minor.
Faculty and Staff

Ann Preston, Chair and Professor

Jim Baumann, Assoc. Professor
Brett Billman, Asst. Professor
Marianne Fenn, Assoc. Professor
Alan Sivell, Asst. Professor
Carla Stevens, Professor

Communication Center/SAUtv and KALA Radio Staff and Instructors
Jon Anderson, Chief Engineer
Dave Baker, KALA Operations Manager
Ken Colwell, Professor and Director
Johnna Kerres, Production Specialist
Duke Schneider, SAUtv Operations Manager

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism

COMM 224 Radio/TV production, 4 credits
COMM 225 Introduction to Visual Communication
COMM 230 Media Writing
COMM 232 Media & Society
COMM 305 Media Theory & Ethics
COMM 326 Communication & Technology
COMM 331 Advanced Media Writing
COMM 332 Print News Practicum
COMM 340 Global Communication
COMM 334 Broadcast News
COMM 337 TV Practicum (prerequisite COMM 334 or faculty permission)
COMM 432 Media Law
COMM 454 Contemporary Journalism

One of the following:
ENGL 315 Written Business Communication
ENGL 316 Expository Writing Workshop
ENGL 319 Writing About Place
ENGL 321 Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 335 Topics in Writing and Persuasion

C+ required in 224, 225, 230 and 232. C+ Average required throughout the major.

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in Multimedia Journalism.

This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

+COMM 232 Media and Society  3 COMM 230 Media Writing 3
ENGL 101 Composition 3 COMM 225 Intro to Visual Communication 3
+COMM 129 Intro to Public Speaking 3 COMM 224 Radio and TV Production 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Theology or Philosophy 3
NSS 101 New Student Seminar 1 Foreign Language 102 3
Wellness Concepts 1 Information Literacy 1
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 16

Year Two

COMM 335 Techniques in Audio Production 3 Electives 6
STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business 3 COMM 332 Print News Practicum 1
Social Science 3 THEO/PHIL 3
Humanities 3 Natural Science 3
Elective 3 Humanities 3
KIN Activity 1-2
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 16

Year Three

COMM 331 Advanced Media Writing 3 COMM 337 Television Practicum 3
COMM 326 Communication and Technology 3 COMM 332 Practicum 1
COMM 332 Practicum 1 COMM 340 Global Communication 3
Social Science 3 ENGL 315, 316, 319, 321, or 335 3
Humanities 3 THEO/PHIL 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16

Year Four

COMM 305 Media Theory and Ethics 3 COMM 454 Contemporary Journalism 3
COMM 334 News Broadcasting 3 Theology or Philosophy (300-400 level) 3
Creative Arts 3 Electives 6
Electives 6 COMM 432 Media Law 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

+satisfies a general education requirement

Minor in Multimedia Journalism (18 credits)

COMM 225 Introduction to Visual Communication
COMM 230 Media Writing
COMM 232 Media & Society
COMM 331 Advanced Media Writing
COMM 332 Print News Practicum
COMM 432 Media Law

Scholarships and Grants


For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Scholarships (2018-19)

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Menke Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation form (pdf) to be completed by your pastor.

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year.

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Institutional Aid

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Criteria: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership
Award: $12,500/year for new transfer students, renewable each year up to eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Out-of-State Grant

Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000/year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000/year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Award

Criteria: accepted diverse student
Award: $1,000/year on-campus; $500/year off-campus

Athletics Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability
Marching band scholarships also available
Award varies

Fine Arts Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability in art, music, theatre
Audition or portfolio required
Award varies

Dual Admission Scholarship

Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $5,920 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study Award

Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant

Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: 5,650

Carver Scholarship

Criteria: Iowa resident and entering junior, visit for eligibility details, deadline April 1.
Award: $7,600 maximum

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

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Ann Preston, PhD, Chairperson

Communication Department
Galvin Fine Arts Center
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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