Communication Degree Information

Journalism and Media Production, Media Studies

Develop Real-World Skills Your First Day on Campus

As a Communication major at Franklin Pierce, you will develop into a successful professional in this communications-based society. Choose a concentration in Journalism and Media Production or Media Studies, and begin honing the skills needed to land that high-profile job you were born
to pursue.

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, named after the former White House Press Secretary, offers hands-on experience in both online and print newspaper, radio, television, social media, and political campaign coverage. From your first day at Franklin Pierce, you’ll start to
develop real-world skills, while editing video footage in a personal suite and scouring the campus for breaking news.

As part of the nationally-recognized political polling center at Franklin Pierce, you’ll have the opportunity to collect data with a professional pollster, write columns for publication in the Boston Herald, and interview live on Boston Herald Radio.

You’ll graduate as a trained professional with the skills and talent to embark upon the career you’ve always dreamed about—and the television reel, article publications, and social media following to back it up.

A major and minor are offered.

Journalism and Media Production

The Journalism and Media Production concentration uses professional best practices to provide authentic learning experiences that prepare students for success in the working world. Working collaboratively on a variety of projects, from numerous genres, students create media messages for print, online, and broadcast media outlets.

Media Studies

The Media Studies concentration is designed to increase understanding of the relationship between media and culture. It focuses on the close reading of media texts, on culturally informed critiques of media content, processes and contexts, and on raising societal awareness of the growing impact of media on individuals, diverse communities and the world.

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication

Explore an array of opportunities in communications, media, and politics through hands-on learning. Connect with communication networks that reach constituents on campus, within the region, and beyond to the national arena. The "Fitz" provides you with the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, while gaining hands-on experience.

FPTV 25.1

Produce and cablecast a variety of shows, entertainment, and news campus-wide from this student-run television station.

WFPC-LP 105.3 FM

Host your own radio show on The Talon 105.3 FM. Play music or chat politics, sports, and news.

Student Journalism Outlets

Write, edit, and print your own piece in the Pierce Arrow, a student-run newspaper, or on The Exchange, a digital journalism platform that reports on campus, community, and global issues and events. 

Speakers and LecturesThe speaker series is modeled on the press conferences run by Marlin Fitzwater while he was press secretary to two U.S. Presidents, and features media, government, political, civic, and business leaders discussing the leading issues of the day.
Lambda Pi EtaYou have the opportunity to join Franklin Pierce's chapter of the honor society of the National Communication Association if you meet national requirements for induction.
  • "One of the greatest things that I saw carry over from Franklin Pierce was that mentality, if you really want to do it that bad, go do it. There is not a lot of roadblocks in your way to stop you." - Jay McCormack '95, '13

    Jay McCormack '95, '13 & Erik Barone '95

    ESPN Media Manager & ESPN Steadicam & Operations Specialist

  • Matt Berman and John Perry '92

    Matt Berman and John Perry, 1992 graduates of the Communication program at Franklin Pierce University, have gone on to successful Hollywood careers in TV and film. In this video, they return to their alma mater to screen their newly released hit movie "The Wedding Pact" and to share their career advice and experiences with students.

    Matt Berman and John Perry '92

    Hollywood TV and Film

  • ESPN Group

    Communication graduates find their calling at the worldwide leader in sports.

    Erik Barone '95, Rich Goode '96, and Jason Potterton '07


Sample Career Opportunities
Franklin Pierce graduates have gone on to enjoy careers and internships with such companies as:
  • ABC
  • CNN
  • Paramount
  • The New York Times
  • Fox Studios
  • Dateline NBC
  • New Hampshire Public Radio
  • Fox News
  • ESPN
  • Associated Press


Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Bios

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Want to Know More?

Download the Communications Program SheetDownload a Communications program sheet to view on-screen or print, or view the College at Rindge Academic Catalog for specific degree requirements and course information.

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