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, and CCTV America.

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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.


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).

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)

To receive an institutional grant or scholarship students must meet specific criteria, and some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible. There is no need to apply for these; students automatically are eligible if they meet the criteria.

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 Awards

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.

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

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

Athletic Scholarships

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) awards millions of dollars annually to student-athletes at more than 250 colleges and universities. 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

Award Terms

FAFSA forms must be filed every year.

  • To be considered for an Iowa Tuition Grant, the filing deadline is July 1.
  • The St. Ambrose priority deadline is March 15 for some institutional funds. 
  • The Financial Aid Office has the right to adjust your award at any time due to changes in your financial, academic, enrollment, or housing status. 
  • Awards offered from State and Federal programs are contingent upon legislative allocation of funds and maximum limits allowed.
  • You must report any assistance you receive from outside sources – including assistance from your employer – to the Financial Aid Office.

Institutional Aid

Undergraduate level students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester to receive Institutional money. All students, undergraduate or graduate, must be enrolled at least half-time per semester to be eligible for student loans. (Half-time for Undergraduate level = 6 credits; Graduate level = 5 credits)

There is no institutional aid for summer sessions. Federal Loans may be available if you are enrolled at least 1/2 time.

You are eligible for institutional financial aid for up to eight semesters, including semesters taken at other schools, before or after time spent at the university (i.e. if you transfer in as a junior, you will receive 4 semesters of institutional aid; or you attended St. Ambrose, left to attend another school, and then returned). This means that if you continue into a fifth year of classes, you will not be eligible for any institutional funds you may have received previously. (Institutional funds are those awarded by the university, not state, federal, or outside based scholarships or grants.)


All financial aid awards, including loans, are disbursed in two disbursements: one for the fall term and one for the spring term. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. Once the loan funds have been applied to your account and if you have awards in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. Any other questions regarding your financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Work Study

If you are receiving assistance under the work study program, you must understand that the amount shown on your award letter is the amount we expect you to earn during one academic year if you work all your allotted hours. Any additional earnings must be approved by your department supervisor and taken into consideration in your financial award package.

Endowed Scholarships

Part of the financial aid funds that St. Ambrose awards come from monies provided through the generous support of St. Ambrose University benefactors. Most endowed scholarships are meant to provide financial support for St. Ambrose University's academic and need based awards. Due to this, in some cases you may see a portion of your Academic Scholarship, for example, being replaced by a named endowed scholarship. The total dollar amount you receive between the two awards, however, will remain unchanged.

Recipients are chosen based on the criteria established by the donor, which include, but are not limited to: major, class rank, GPA, performance in a fine art, or residency. You may be contacted by the Advancement Office to write a thank you letter to the donor.

What happens if I withdraw or need to drop a class?

  • If you drop a class, it may affect the amount of aid you can receive. It is very important to visit your Financial Aid counselor if you are planning on dropping a class.
  • If you are going to withdraw completely from all your classes, your financial aid awards will be prorated according to the amount of time you were actually enrolled. It is possible that you may end up owing the University for a portion of your expenses incurred.
  • More information regarding this policy is available in the University catalog.
  • Please contact your Financial Aid counselor if you are considering dropping classes or withdrawing from the University.

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 3 COMM 230 3 ENGL 101
ENGL 101 3 COMM 225 3
COMM 129 4 COMM 224 3
Foreign Language 101 Theology or Philosophy 3
NSS 101 New Student Seminar 1 Foreign Language 102 3
Wellness Concepts 1 Information Literacy 1
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 16

Year Two

COMM 335 3 COMM 224 Electives 6
Quantitative Reasoning 3 COMM 332 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 3 COMM 337 COMM 337 3 COMM 338
COMM 326 3 COMM 332 1
COMM 332 1 COMM 340 3
Social Science 3 ENGL 315, 316, 319, 321, 335 3
Humanities 3 THEO/PHIL 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 16

Year Four

COMM 305              3 COMM 232 COMM 454 3 COMM 224, 305, 337, 375, 432
COMM 334              3 COMM 230 Theology or Philosophy (300-400 level) 3
Creative Arts 3 Electives 6
Electives 6 COMM 432 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

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

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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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