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Can you imagine learning about the history of broadcast news in the fall, and working for a national television network in the spring? At Medaille, that might be called your junior year. With an emphasis on career-intensive internship opportunities, students in the Communication program gain hands-on experience before entering the workforce.

With a degree in Communication, students will be prepared for careers in broadcasting, advertising, public relations, journalism, or digital media. All courses improve students’ abilities to write and to speak effectively, competencies valued by employers.

The Communication program offers a unique opportunity to explore real world situations through field experiences, that enables students to gain knowledge and network effectively. Our faculty care about your learning experience and provide a comprehensive mentoring program, both in academic and professional arenas.

Lisa Marsherall, Clinical Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Program

A variety of Communication courses provide professional expertise in:

  • Communication Technologies
  • Writing for Media
    • Radio, Television and Web Broadcasts
    • Commercial Copy
    • Press Releases
    • Digital/Web Media
    • Advertising/Promotional Copy
    • Journalism and Reporting
  • Communication Law & Ethics

We are one of the few programs in the area that requires three separate field experiences or internships before graduation. Internships provide invaluable networking opportunities with area professionals and often lead to job offers after graduation.

Our internship coordinator starts the process for students during the first semester at Medaille. Through comprehensive mentoring, students are placed in appropriate, relevant settings that match their career interests and skills.

Our alumni have a strong success rate in landing their first jobs in the field. Recent graduates have moved into rewarding careers -- locally and nationally -- covering every aspect of the Communication industry:

  • On-air personality, 103.3 FM The Edge
  • Account Executive, Buffalo Bisons Baseball
  • Editor, Buffalo@home
  • Editor, Living Prime Time Magazine
  • Promotions Director, Entercom Radio
  • Public Relations Consultant, Snazzy Jazzy
  • Assistant Professor of Journalism, SUNY Oswego
  • Traffic & Entertainment Reporter, Charleston, S.C.
  • Freelance Web Publisher

Faculty

The Communication program includes faculty members who specialize in areas such as speech, writing, and multimedia studies. More about our faculty >>

Featured Courses

COM 230 Radio Production Techniques: Students are introduced to various types of radio continuity writing. Using college studio facilities, students are exposed to current radio programming production methods and are given opportunity to use professional broadcasting equipment to produce original programs and "spot" announcements.

COM 235 Radio Programming: This basic introductory course in the study of radio programming focusing on progressive techniques and methods used in successful
strategies as well as audience perception and attitudes. Students will dive into the minds of radio program directors in order to understand how ratings are part of the game plan and how changes will play a major role in format selection and change.

I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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