Belmont Journalism History
The Journalism major became part of the Belmont University curriculum in 1986, as one of four programs in the newly created Communication Arts Department. It began with five majors and one full-time faculty member, Thom Storey. Storey now leads the Department of Media Studies.
The student newspaper, The Belmont Vision, began biweekly publication in 1986. The journalism program also became a member of the Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC) in '86. In its early years the program's focus was on print journalism. Internships were created with local and regional newspapers and magazines. The Vision quickly gained respect with major awards from the SEJC.
The program has produced a Fulbright Scholar and two Freedom Forum Chips Quinn Scholars. Our students have served internships at major metropolitan newspapers, CNN, CBS News, Fox News and The Daily Show. Our portfolio-based approach gives students hands-on training from the day they begin classes and offers a wide variety of professional internship opportunities locally and beyond.
Our faculty bring years of professional experience in newspapers, magazines, and TV to the classroom. With the addition of digital journalism to the curriculum students will be exposed to latest information and technology in mass communication in the high energy world of news and information distribution.
"The valuable skills and experiences I gained through the Belmont journalism/media studies program were a springboard to a career that has been spent doing what I love -- writing. You won't find a better, more caring environment. And the bonds you build with your fellow students and professors will last a lifetime. This program will definitely open your eyes and new doors for your future."
- Chris Villines
Communications Specialist, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative