Journalism and Screen Studies

No matter the story, the Journalism and Screen Studies major (JASS) is dedicated to teaching you about the variety of interesting ways you could tell it.

Depending on your interest, there’s news and reporting, print and photojournalism, documentary, new media, and narrative and short filmmaking. But even with the separate interest areas, JASS stresses convergent media and the underlying research and writing skills that connect journalists, documentarians and filmmakers.

In addition to your classes — which are taught by industry experts from Pulitzer Prize winners to Telly Award recipients — there are on-campus experiential learning opportunities through the Michigan Journal student newspaper, WUMD College Radio and the media production studio, which is a fully equipped, flexible production space for producing television and news, green screen compositing, narrative film shoots and new media applications.

JASS is becoming JuMP! Introducing the Journalism and Media Production major with an all-new curriculum for Fall 2022.

More details to come soon, but for now, please see this information sheet about our new offerings. Contact your advisor or Prof. Jen Proctor with any questions.

What Will I Learn?

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
  • Writing and Editing for a Variety of Forms, Styles and Scripts
  • Media Literacy
  • Research Skills in Gathering and Critically Evaluating Information
  • Appreciation of Diversity and Global Contexts
  • Understanding and Applying the Link between Theory and Practice

Full list of JASS program goals can be found on the Hub for Teaching and Learning site.


Visit the University Catalog:

Learn about degree requirements and coursework for the JASS major and minor.

Learn about degree requirements and coursework for the online Film Studies minor.

Learn which Dearborn Discovery Core requirements are fulfilled by taking JASS courses.

Making the Most of Your Major

There are opportunities to develop skills and connect with others interested in Journalism and Screen Studies beyond the classroom. Check out the JASS Major Map to get a more detailed, year-by-year view of how you can learn, engage, network and transform your community and prepare for life after graduation.

Get Involved

Join one of the student media organizations on campus (Michigan JournalCampus Video NetworkWUMD, Lyceum). Present your research at the Meeting of Minds or the CASL Research Showcase. Work as an assistant in the media production studio, which is a fully equipped, flexible production space for producing television and news, green screen compositing, narrative film shoots and new media applications. Explore UM-Dearborn student organizations on VictorsLink.

Get Real World Experience

All JASS students are required to participate in an internship or senior thesis. There is a seminar component to both the internship and the co-op. (The senior thesis is available only to students who have prior JASS industry experience.) Explore producing an independent thesis project.

Plan for Life After Graduation

JASS graduates have attained employment in a wide range of fields both here in Southeast Michigan and around the world, including broadcast news, photojournalism, film and video production, arts and nonprofit administration, and print journalism. Career Services offers assistance with job searching, resumes, interviews or graduate school applications.

General Program Information

Students in JASS can choose to concentrate in either Journalism or Screen Studies. Within those concentrations, students have flexible options to forge their own path of study by choosing from courses in Media Tools to develop practical and technical skills, and in Genres, Modes, and Contexts in Storytelling to develop research, analytical, creative and critical skills. To become well-rounded and versatile, students are encouraged to take at least some courses in both Journalism and Screen Studies regardless of which concentration you opt to focus on.

JASS Faculty

Jim Gilmore

Clinical Professor of Communication

Tim Kiska

Associate Professor of Communication

Anthony Luckett

LEO Lecturer IV, Journalism and Screen Studies; Director of Humanities and History Internship Program

Kenneth Michalik

LEO Lecturer II, Journalism and Screen Studies

Jennifer Proctor

Associate Professor of Journalism and Screen Studies

James Schaefer

LEO Lecturer II, Journalism and Screen Studies

Benjamin Wielechowski

LEO Lecturer I, Journalism and Screen Studies

Shelby Zuk

LEO Lecturer I, Journalism and Screen Studies

My reason for majoring in JASS is because of my nickname, "Channel Two" -- I'm always getting the scoop!