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Bachelor of Arts inDigital Journalism and Media

Program summary

Keep pace with the rapidly changing field of digital communication, and become a voice of truth in the age of digital journalism and media. This online degree program is designed to give you a strong foundation in journalism, while allowing you to customize your degree through course work in telecommunications, visual media, and media management.

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Complete your Penn State course work at your own pace and 100% online.

Application deadline

Apply by October 31 to start January 13

Credits and costs

120 Credits$626/$671 per credit

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Gain Skills to Become a Voice of Truth in the Age of Digital Journalism

  • Write and produce content for digital journalism organizations.

  • Engage audiences using technology.

  • Fine tune your communication skills.

  • Apply multimedia skills to research, develop, and create compelling pieces

  • Understand ethics and laws regarding freedom of speech and the press.

Customize Your Course List

Penn State understands that you have unique aspirations. Specialized course work in this online digital journalism degree program can allow deep dives into topics of interest to your future and goals.

Choose course work from topic areas such as: 

  • digital journalism: Develop the fundamental skills required to pursue a journalism and online media career with courses such as news writing and reporting, strategic communications, and news editing. 
  • visual media: Prepare for a career as a content producer by learning how to use striking imagery to engage viewers with courses in photojournalism and multimedia journalism. 
  • media management: Learn to direct, execute, and track campaigns for media companies through courses focused on digital media metrics and management, idea development and media writing, and telecom leadership. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism and Media program requires you to complete a minimum of 120 credits.

If you are a transfer student, the number of credits you will have to take will vary according to the courses you transfer into the degree program. Once you are admitted into the degree program, an assigned academic adviser will help you with remaining requirements.

Students can earn up to six (6) COMM credits through the credit-by-portfolio process. However, it is important for students to know that completing the credit-by-portfolio process does not guarantee that the credits will be awarded.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major.

Prescribed Courses (19 credits)

  • 1
    credit

    Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word usage skills required of journalists.

  • 3
    credits

    The development of electronic media and telecommunications, emphasizing social, economic, political and global impact.

  • 3
    credits

    News and news values; legal and ethical problems of reporting; writing and reporting news for the mass media.

    • Prerequisite

      COMM 160 and (ENGL 15 or ENGL 30)

  • 3
    credits

    Photography for communication in print and online; creating photographs for newspapers, magazines and the web; digital camera and software skills.

    • Prerequisite or Concurrent

      COMM 260W

  • 3
    credits

    The course introduces how journalists work with the tools of multimedia and how multimedia is changing journalism.

  • 3
    credits

    Students will evaluate content creation and distribution methods and demonstrate proficiency across emerging digital products and services.

  • 3
    credits

    Ethical problems in the practice of journalism; principal public criticisms of news media; case study approach.

Additional Courses (select 9 credits)

    • 3
      credits

      Introduction to the pre-production, production, and post production techniques when creating video content.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Techniques in reporting news and trends at the local, regional, and county levels. Emphasis on both deadline and interpretive reporting.

      • Prerequisite

        COMM 260W

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Concepts and procedures involved in processing news for various news media, but with emphasis on print media editing.

      • Prerequisite

        COMM 260W

    • 3
      credits

      Analysis of audience data for traditional and new media to create metrics for advertising, content marketing, and audience analysis.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Produce data-driven stories by demonstrating proficiency in sorting, filtering and using tools such as Structured Query Language, Chartbuilder, Tableau and Carto to query databases, as well as build charts and maps.

      • Prerequisite

        COMM 260W

    • 3
      credits

      Nature and theories of law; the Supreme Court and press freedom; legal problems of the mass media.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Development in the law, policy, and business of Internet-mediated communications and commerce; emphasis on impact on existing legal, regulatory, and economic models.

      • Prerequisite

        ENGR 310 or COMM 180 or COMM 271 or MGMT 215

Supporting Courses (select 12 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Learn how to write science stories that are accurate, clear, and compelling.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to basic principles of management as they apply in electronic media industries.

    • Prerequisite

      COMM 180

  • 3
    credits

    Idea conception, writing, and editing of magazine stories.

    • Prerequisite

      COMM 260W

  • 3
    credits

    Development of an informed and critical approach to photocommunication; individual and team projects, seminars, and critiques.

    • Prerequisite

      Enforced Prerequisite at Enrollment: COMM 269

Electives (select 11 credits)

Students should choose an additional 11 credits to satisfy the electives requirement.

General Education Requirements

Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Foundations: 15 credits  
    All courses require a grade of C or better. Inter-Domain courses may not be used for foundations requirements. 
    • Writing/Speaking: 9 credits 
    • Quantification: 6 credits 
      3-6 credits are selected from mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics; 3 credits may be selected from computer science or symbolic logic. 
  • Knowledge Domains: 15 credits  
    Inter-Domain courses may not be used for knowledge domain requirements.
    • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits 
    • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits 
    • Arts (GA): 3 credits 
    • Humanities (GH): 3 credits 
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits  
  • Integrative Studies: 6 credits
    • Inter-Domain course work: 6 credits  
  • Exploration: 9 credits 
    • Natural Sciences (GN) (may be Inter-Domain): 3 credits
    • GA, GH, GN, GS, and Inter-Domain courses: 6 credits  
      May include 3 credits of World Language course work beyond the requirements of the student’s degree program or at the 12th credit level, whichever is higher.

These General Education Requirements are for students who started in summer 2023 or later. Students who started earlier can review the prior version of the general education requirements

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Some Bachelor of Arts requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major, General Education courses, or electives. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Foreign Language: 0–12 credits
    Students must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language.
  • B.A. Fields: 9 credits
    Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (cannot be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)
  • Other Cultures: 0–3 credits
    Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement.​

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

Start or Advance Your Career

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Graduates can pursue careers in a variety of fields depending on their aspirations and course work with this degree in journalism and the support of Penn State career resources.


Job Titles Related to This Degree

Your ability to create, execute, and evaluate communication strategies can make you a valuable asset for news outlets, businesses, government entities, and nonprofit organizations. The following roles are often held by people with this type of degree:

  • Digital Media Production Manager
  • Digital Media Programming Director
  • Journalist
  • Reporter
  • Social Media Strategist
  • Web Editor

Employment Outlook for Occupational Fields Related to This Degree

Estimates of employment growth and total employment are provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are subject to change. While these occupations are often pursued by graduates with this degree, individual outcomes may vary depending on a variety of factors. Penn State World Campus cannot guarantee employment in a given occupation.

Producers and Directors

6.7%
employment growth (10 years)
153,770
total employment

News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists

-3.3%
employment growth (10 years)
44,530
total employment

Editors

-4%
employment growth (10 years)
101,430
total employment

Career Services to Set You Up for Success

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From the day you're accepted as a student, you can access resources and tools provided by Penn State World Campus Career Services to further your career. These resources are beneficial whether you're searching for a job or advancing in an established career.

  • Opportunities to connect with employers
  • Career counselor/coach support
  • Occupation and salary information
  • Internships
  • Graduate school resources 

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Costs and Financial Aid

Learn about this program's tuition, fees, scholarship opportunities, grants, payment options, and military benefits.

Costs and Financial Aid

Undergraduate Tuition

Undergraduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register and the number of total credits you have accrued at or transferred to Penn State.

Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.

2023–24 Academic Year Rates

Tuition rates for the fall 2023, spring 2024, and summer 2024 semesters.

How many credits do you plan to take per semester?If you have 59 or fewer creditsIf you have 60 or more credits
11 or fewer$626 per credit$671 per credit
12–19$7,602 per semester$8,206 per semester

Undergraduate students taking more than 19 credits will be charged the flat tuition rate plus the regular per credit hour rate for each credit above 19. 

2024–25 Academic Year Rates

Tuition rates for the fall 2024, spring 2025, and summer 2025 semesters.

How many credits do you plan to take per semester?If you have 59 or fewer creditsIf you have 60 or more credits
11 or fewer$632 per credit$678 per credit
12–19$7,678 per semester$8,288 per semester

Undergraduate students taking more than 19 credits will be charged the flat tuition rate plus the regular per credit hour rate for each credit above 19. 

Financial Aid and Military Benefits

Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.

To view the detailed list of cost of attendance elements, select “World Campus” as the location on the tuition site.

Set Your Own Pace

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Whether you are looking to finish your program as quickly as possible or balance your studies with your busy life, Penn State World Campus can help you achieve your education goals. Many students take one or two courses per semester.

Our online courses typically follow a 12- to 15-week semester cycle, and there are three semesters per year (spring, summer, and fall). If you plan to take a heavy course load, you should expect your course work to be your primary focus and discuss your schedule with your academic adviser. 

To Finish Your Degree in Two to Three Years

  • Take 6 courses each semester

To Finish Your Degree in Three to Four Years

  • Take 4–5 courses each semester 

To Finish Your Degree in Five or More Years

  • Take 2–3 courses each semester

Convenient Online Format

This program's convenient online format gives you the flexibility you need to study around your busy schedule. You can skip the lengthy commute without sacrificing the quality of your education and prepare yourself for more rewarding career opportunities without leaving your home.

A Trusted Leader in Online Education

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Penn State has a history of more than 100 years of distance education, and World Campus has been a leader in online learning for more than two decades. Our online learning environment offers the same quality education that our students experience on campus.

How to Apply to Penn State

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Apply by October 31 to start January 13

Application Instructions

Deadlines and Important Dates

Complete your application and submit all required materials by the appropriate deadline. Your deadline will depend on the semester you plan to start your courses.

  • Spring Deadline

    Apply by October 31 to start January 13
  • Summer Deadline

    Apply by March 15, 2025, to start May 19, 2025
  • Fall Deadline

    Apply by June 30, 2025, to start August 25, 2025

New students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by March 1. Please visit the Office of Student Aid website for more information about applying for financial aid and recommended deadlines.

Steps to Apply

  1. To apply for this program, you must be a high school graduate, or have completed your GED.

  2. You will need the following items to complete your application:

    High school transcripts or GED transcript — First-year applicants are required to submit Self-Reported Academic Records (SRAR) when applying. Official high school transcripts for first-year applicants will only be required at the time a student accepts an offer of admission to Penn State.

    Transfer international students will need to submit their high school transcript before their application can be reviewed.

    Official college or university transcripts and/or official military transcripts (if applicable) — All college or university transcripts are required regardless of the length of time that has passed, the grades earned, or the accreditation of the institutions attended. Acceptance of transfer credit toward your degree is subject to final approval by the academic department. For detailed information, see the Transfer Students page.

    Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

    English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Language Proficiency section on the Undergraduate Admissions International Requirements page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.

  3. To begin the online application, you will need a Penn State account.

    Create a New Penn State Account

    If you have any problems during this process, contact an admissions counselor at [email protected].

    Please note: Former Penn State students may not need to complete the admissions application or create a new Penn State account. Please visit our Returning Students page for instructions.

  4. Accessing MyPennState

    The MyPennState Portal provides access to our online admissions services. Before accessing MyPennState, you must have a Penn State account that will be used to access all Penn State systems. After creating an account, you will receive a unique Penn State User ID. You will need to enter your User ID followed by @psu.edu when signing in to MyPennState and other Penn State sites. For example, you should be entering something like '[email protected]' in the Sign In field.

    The application consists of six sections:

    1. Application Setup
    2. Program of Study
    3. Citizenship and Residency
    4. Academics and Experience
    5. Miscellaneous
    6. Review and Submit
    Application Setup
    • Be sure to select "Online" for the "How would you like to complete your degree" question if you plan to attend Penn State World Campus.

    • The rest of this section will ask some basic questions about your education experience and military affiliation.

    Program of Study
    • You will choose the degree type and then the starting semester.

    • Your starting campus will be selected as Penn State World Campus by default as long as you picked "Online" in your Application Setup. Click Continue.

    • On the Choose a Program page, select your intended major from the list.

    • Review your selection on the summary screen and click Continue to move on to the Citizenship and Residency section.

    Citizenship and Residency
    • Complete the series of questions about your citizenship status, demographic information, Pennsylvania residency status, and family history.

    Academics and Experience
    • You will need to enter academic experience information about your high school and any attempted courses at a college or university after high school.

    • The Education Gap Statement offers a place to explain any time that has elapsed between your high school graduation and your anticipated enrollment at Penn State. Please provide a summary of why that gap occurred. Some examples that would explain a gap in your education include work, family, attending another college or university, etc.

    Miscellaneous
    • In the Miscellaneous section, you will provide any program-specific requirements (e.g., a personal statement), information about activities, and financial aid information.

    Review and Submit

    Review your information, digitally sign your application, and provide payment for the application fee ($65 domestic or $75 international).

    High School Transcripts and Academic Record
    • After your application is completed, you will also need to self-report your high school course work before the application deadline. You will be directed to fill out the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). It is helpful to have a high school transcript available when completing this section. In the third section, you'll select your program of study and campus.

    • Official high school transcripts or GED transcript, along with records from high school, are required, regardless of the length of time that has passed.

    • Include any college/university transcripts (required), military transcripts, and Proof of English Language proficiency (if applicable). SAT/ACT scores are not required if you are identified as an adult learner or transfer student.

    All official documents should be sent to: 

    Undergraduate Admissions Office
    The Pennsylvania State University
    201 Shields Building
    University Park, PA 16802

    You can also have your transcripts sent electronically through Parchment, eScript-Safe, or the National Clearinghouse directly to Penn State from the college/university where course work was attempted.

    Acceptance

    After receiving your application, application fee, and all required materials, your application will be evaluated for admission. You can check your application status online. This will provide the most up‐to‐date information about the status of your application and is updated once daily, before 8:00 a.m. (ET). Once a decision has been made regarding your application, it will be available to you through the MyPennState portal.

    For information on when you can expect an admissions decision, visit the Dates and Deadlines page of the Undergraduate Admissions website. Make sure you click the "+" sign to see these dates for World Campus Applicants (First-Year and Transfer).

  5. 5. Complete the application.

Admissions Help

If you have questions about the admissions process, contact an admissions counselor at [email protected].

Contact Us

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Have questions or want more information? We're happy to talk.

To learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism and Media, please contact:

World Campus Admissions Counselors
Phone: 800-252-3592
Email: [email protected]

Michelle Baker, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor and Lead Faculty
Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
The Pennsylvania State University
115 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: [email protected]

Learn from the Best

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Journalism and Media program is offered by Penn State World Campus in partnership with the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, which is the largest accredited school in the field.

Faculty

  • Michelle Baker

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Mass Communications, Penn State
    • Degree
      M.S., Communications Studies, Shippensburg University
    • Degree
      B.A., Communications/Journalism, Shippensburg University

    Dr. Michelle Baker is the director of eLearning Initiatives and an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. She oversees the college's portfolio of online degree programs, which includes a B.A. in Digital Journalism and Media, an MPS and B.A. in Strategic Communications, and a media studies minor. Dr. Baker has been teaching both in-residence and online classes for Penn State since 2009, and she has more than 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education. She has experience working as a journalist and freelance writer, and she served as the assistant editor for Bucknell University’s alumni magazine. She teaches COMM 160.

  • Doug Barkey

    • Degree
      MFA, Photography, University of Iowa
    • Degree
      M.A., Sculpture, University of Iowa
    • Degree
      B.A., Fine Arts, Bethel University

    Professor Doug Barkey has spent decades working in photography and digital media among multiple cultures and languages. His work has been exhibited in one-person shows at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, along with galleries in Maine, Iowa, Michigan, and New Mexico. Professor Barkey’s work includes advertising, portraiture, landscape, and documentary photography. He has an M.A. in Sculpture and an MFA in Photography from the University of Iowa. He teaches COMM 215 and COMM 269.

  • Curtis Chan

    • Degree
      M.A., Media Studies, Penn State
    • Degree
      B.A., Journalism, Penn State

    Professor Curtis Chan is the senior manager for public relations at Penn State, where he develops and implements university-wide, multichannel communications strategies. He serves as the senior communications adviser to administrators, crafting executive communications for University leaders, including the President. Professor Chan also provides high-level oversight and creative vision for Penn State Today,the University's flagship news publication. Prior to this position, Professor Chan served as the manager of internal communications at Penn State. He has been teaching for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications for two decades. He teaches COMM 467.

  • John Chapin

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Communication, Information, and Library Studies, Rutgers University
    • Degree
      M.S., Communications Studies, Shippensburg University
    • Degree
      B.S., Education, Bloomsburg University

    Dr. John Chapin is a professor of communications and the associate director of academic affairs for the Penn State Beaver campus. He earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1998. Dr. Chapin conducts applied community-based research in violence prevention education. He is the recipient of the Stephen Schafer National Research Award for significant contributions to the field of crime victim rights from the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). He has also received legislative citations for community service from both Houses of Congress. Dr. Chapin teaches COMM 150N.

  • Anne Doris

    • Degree
      MBA, Marketing Management, Long Island University
    • Degree
      B.A., Journalism, City College of New York

    Professor Anne Doris is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Telecommunications and Media Industries at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. A proven executive in the private sector — most recently with Sodexo USA as a regional vice president in the company's health care division — Professor Doris brings valuable experience and perspectives to Penn State. Professor Doris’ background also includes experience with an online education service provider and nine years with Cox Communications, one of the nation’s largest cable companies, which further enhances the expertise and value she brings as a University faculty member. She teaches COMM 380.

  • Jenna Grzeslo

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Mass Communications, Penn State
    • Degree
      M.A., Communication, University of Hartford
    • Degree
      B.A., Political Science, Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Dr. Jenna Grzeslo is the senior manager of research and learning at BRAC USA. Dr. Grzeslo works closely with the Brac Institute of Governance and Development at Brac University, where she supports the Women’s Economic Empowerment and Digital Finance (WEE-DiFine) initiative. Dr. Grzeslo develops proposals for research and innovation projects in partnership with various BRAC entities and teams. Dr. Grezslo’s work has been published in numerous journals, including Computers in Human Behaviorand Digital Policy, Regulation, and Governance. She has also served as the managing editor of the Journal of Information Policy, a research fellow at UNESCO, and the coordinator for the Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Consortium at Penn State. She teaches COMM 310.

  • Shannon Kennan

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Mass Communications, Penn State
    • Degree
      M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, College Student Personnel Administration, James Madison University
    • Degree
      B.A., Early Childhood Education, University of Richmond

    Dr. Shannon Kennan oversees the online portfolio for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and teaches a variety of online courses. Formerly, she was a second-grade teacher, an in-home family therapist, and a student affairs professional. She is interested in the place where technology, psychology, and education converge. She also works with a variety of social media, new technologies, and online teaching competencies. Dr. Kennan's latest research has to do with training journalists to understand how trauma affects people at the scene of tragedies, such as mass shootings or natural disasters.

  • Rex Martin

    • Degree
      Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies in Mass Communications, Penn State
    • Degree
      M.Litt., Modern History, University of St. Andrews, Scotland
    • Degree
      B.A., Modern History, Carroll College

    Dr. Rex Martin has spent most of his adult life playing, studying, designing, and writing about games. He has worked for various game companies and spent 13 years as the managing editor at the Avalon Hill Game Company, where he was responsible for all the rulebooks, box copy, and a bi-monthly magazine devoted to military history and simulations. In 2001, he was awarded a doctoral degree from Penn State. His dissertation was titled "Cardboard Warriors: A Cultural History of American Wargaming, 1958–1998." After nearly a decade as a professor, he became the senior writer at Firaxis Games. He teaches COMM 190.

  • Jill Mott

    • Degree
      M.A, Art Education, San Jose State University
    • Degree
      B.S., Communications Photography, Syracuse University

    Professor Jill Mott is a visual multimedia journalist, photographer, and photo educator. She specializes in lifestyle portrait and editorial photography featuring children, seniors, families, and events, as well as documentary photography. Professor Mott has more than two decades of experience as a photojournalist and has traveled the world taking photographs and creating live and recorded vlogs. She brings her curiosity and passion to tell authentic stories through her photography. She teaches COMM 215 and COMM 269.

  • David Norloff

    • Degree
      MBA, Marketing, Rutgers University
    • Degree
      B.S., Industrial Engineering, Penn State

    Professor David Norloff is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Telecommunications and Media Industries at the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. He is a wireless industry veteran, with a 20-year career leading technology and wireless initiatives. His diverse corporate experience includes leadership positions in management consulting, product strategy, and product development. While at Nextel, he led the Inter-Carrier Messaging, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) product launches and served on the 4G technology strategy team after the Sprint merger. He received the Deans’ Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Associate in 2014 and the Deans’ Excellence Award in Teaching in 2019. He is actively engaged as a mentor for Happy Valley LaunchBox and served as the first faculty co-chair for Penn State Startup Week 2021. He teaches COMM 280.

  • Stacie Shain

    • Degree
      M.A., Journalism, Indiana University Bloomington
    • Degree
      B.A., Mass Communication, Bellarmine University

    Professor Stacie Shain is an award-winning communications professional with extensive experience in sports reporting, public relations, and corporate communication. She has written for daily newspapers across the United States and served as the sports editor and managing editor of a newspaper in Missouri. Professor Shain also worked as a public affairs specialist, public affairs officer, and advertising and public affairs chief in the U.S. Army’s Recruiting Command. She won numerous awards from that command, including Program Specialist of the Year in 2008. Professor Shain also managed public and community relations for the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Carson, Colorado, and worked on the first-ever Warrior Games. She teaches COMM 412.

  • Matthew Solovey

    • Degree
      MPS, Strategic Communications, Penn State
    • Degree
      B.S., Organizational Leadership, Penn State

    Professor Matthew Solovey has more than 25 years of communication strategy experience. Starting his career as a journalist, Professor Solovey launched a community newspaper when he was fresh out of college. The paper invested in a former coal town that had seen its best days behind it and provided Matthew with a solid foundation for more than 15 years of community journalism experience. Ultimately, Matthew launched two newspapers and rehabilitated three before embarking on a career in marketing and communications in health care and academia. He currently is a regional marketing manager at Highmark Health. He teaches COMM 260W and COMM 271.

  • Dan Yesenosky

    • Degree
      M.A., Mass Communication, University of Missouri-Columbia
    • Degree
      B.A., Broadcast Journalism, Penn State

    Professor Dan Yesenosky has more than ten years of professional experience in journalism and communications, currently serving as assistant director of external communications for Capgemini. Prior to his current role, he worked in corporate communications for a technology company specializing in cybersecurity, and he was a TV news reporter for NBC affiliates in Charlotte and Greenville, North Carolina. While progressing through his career, Dan earned his master’s degree in media management online through the University of Missouri. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Penn State, attending the University Park campus. Professor Yesenosky teaches COMM 260W, COMM 271, and COMM 409.

  • Will Yurman

    Degree
    B.A., Biology, University at Albany, SUNY

    Professor Will Yurman worked in journalism for more than two decades as both a still photographer and multimedia producer. He was a staff photographer at the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, New York, and did freelance work for the Associated Press (AP). Professor Yurman also spent three years in the Middle East covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. His work has been exhibited at The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and it has been recognized in the Best of Photography contest and the Picture of the Year International contest. Professor Yurman’s skills include documentary filmmaking, still photography, writing, editing, web design, and 360-degree augmented reality video. He teaches COMM 215, COMM 269, and COMM 469.

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