New Media, Journalism, & Communication Arts


New Media, Journalism, & Communication Arts

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New Media, Journalism, & Communication Arts


New Media, Journalism, & Communication Arts

New Media, Journalism, & Communication Arts 2017-10-18T12:18:30+00:00

We are assaulted daily by thousands of messages. Some are good and delivered well and some we ignore. It depends on the quality of the communication. In life, those who communicate best usually achieve more. Fortunately, communications skills can be taught. That’s what we do best.

Students pursuing a degree in Communication polish speaking, writing and multimedia skills through experiences in and out of the classroom. Innovative courses prepare students for hundreds of jobs that require a foundation of communication skills. TV anchors, radio show hosts, bloggers, photojournalists, graphic designers, social media managers, speech writers, public relations specialists, reporters and scores of others all rise according to their communications skills.

Faculty members with professional experience lead students in class and student media activities. In addition, our internships prepare students for the workforce as they apply skills learned on campus in work settings.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in Communication at NSU puts you in the inside lane on the race track for your tomorrow. Ask us about the exciting opportunities awaiting you in a Communication major or minor. Available concentrations include Strategic Communication, Broadcast and Digital Media Production and Multimedia Journalism.

Strategic Communication: Encompassing organizational communication and public relations, this concentration offers a course of study for students to learn how individuals and organizations use communication and media to deliver messages to targeted audiences. Courses will focus on how organizations and media influence opinions and the behavior of key publics. The curriculum will emphasize an ethical approach and will analyze societal effects of strategic communication practices.

Broadcast and Digital Media Production: Students will learn to create, produce, and disseminate broadcast media of varied genres and styles. The knowledge and skills learned will prepare students for broadcast media and broadcast production careers in industries such as television, radio, film, videos, and Web delivery. Through hands-on instruction, students learn to research, write, produce, and direct media rich content.

Multimedia Journalism: Informing the public through accurate and well-written stories remains at the core of journalism. Beyond the basics of reporting and writing, journalists today must adapt to changing technologies and become proficient in multimedia storytelling – combining text with images, sounds, videos, and graphics to reach diverse audiences. This concentration will prepare students for varied journalism careers in media industries such as newspapers, magazines, Web, and social media.

Contact Us

Department of New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts
239 Kyser Hall
Northwestern State University
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71497
Phone: (318) 357-5360


All students are encouraged to consult with a departmental adviser prior to enrolling each semester. The department will assign a faculty or staff member for each student. Students will find their adviser’s name on NSU’s DegreeWorks. For questions or assistance with advising, please, contact or call 318-357-5360.

For general planning purposes, please, see the Major Requirement Checklist below. The University Catalog provides course descriptions and other academic requirements. Please, see page 76 for the Department of New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts.

Communication Internships

Internships are a vital part of a Communication Degree at Northwestern State University. Students are required to complete at least one professional internship before graduation.

Requirements for enrolling in COMM 4910 Communication Internship are:

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Overall minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Permission of instructor at an approved internship site
  • Maximum of 9 hours of concurrent enrollment

Recent Graduates

journalismalumniLane Luckie is the anchor of Good Morning East Texas, the #1 rated morning newscast in East Texas. He joined KLTV, the ABC affiliate in Tyler, Texas in 2012.

Lane previously served as evening anchor and executive producer at KTRE-TV in Lufkin and Nacogdoches. He came to East Texas from KTAL-TV in Shreveport, where he was a general assignments reporter. Lane also spent four years working for the Natchitoches, Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau. During college he completed internships at WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas and KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A Louisiana native, Lane earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Lane is a huge history buff and sees journalism as an ideal opportunity to write the first draft of history as it happens. He hopes his passion for lifelong learning encourages others to take an interest in knowing their community. Lane’s work has been recognized by several journalism organizations including the Broadcast Education Association and the Southeast Journalism Conference. A proud NSU grad, Lane has been named to the board of directors of the Northwestern State University Alumni Association. He’s an alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and serves as president of the Beta Omicron Alumni Chapter and Housing Corporation. Presenting at dozens of college campuses across the country, Lane has been named national ‘Volunteer of the Year,’ ‘Facilitator of the Year,’ and was named to the fraternity’s ‘Thirty Under 30’ list. Lane has also served on the faculty for numerous leadership conferences and an emerging leaders institute held at the University of South Carolina. Lane has worked with elementary students through the H.O.S.T.S. program and serves on the pastoral council of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. Much of his spare time is spent exploring new destinations, photographing people and places along the way. He’s an avid college sports fan and never passes up an opportunity to embarrass himself on the golf course.


Name Job Title Office Phone Address
David Antilley Manager/Director NSU TV 318-357-4417 104A Kyser Hall
Kenneth Burns Student Media Coordinator 318-357-5364 225E Kyser Hall
Dr. Jon Croghan Associate Professor 318-357-5363 237B Kyser Hall
Arthur Dew Instructor 318-357-5572 225F Kyser Hall
Dorian Elaine Eaton Instructor 318-357-5360 237D Kyser Hall
Dr. Paula Furr Professor and Department Head 318-357-6166 239E Kyser Hall
Ron McBride Instructor 318-357-5360 239 Kyser Hall
Stephen Merrill Assistant Professor 318-357-5666 237C Kyser Hall
Jerry Pierce Assistant Professsor, Vice President for External Affairs 318-357-6588 103 Prather Coliseum
Becky Stephens Administrative Assistant II 318-357-5360 239D Kyser Hall
Raymond Strother Wise Endowed Chair in Journalism 318-357-5360 225H Kyser Hall
Thomas Whitehead Professor Emeritus  318-357-5360  239D Kyser Hall
 Emily Zering  Instructor  318-357-6176  237C Kyser Hall