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Assured Admission into the School of Media and Journalism

You want to be the next Pulitzer Prize or ADDY Award winner or network news anchor.

If this sounds like you, then you should consider the following Excel@Carolina opportunity.

Academic Program Overview
The School of Media and Journalism is widely acclaimed as one of the best programs in the nation. The School has won the 2016 national championship in the Hearst Journalism Awards competition – considered the Pulitzers of collegiate journalism. (This is the school’s sixth national championship, its second consecutive and its fourth since 2010.) The program prepares students to be the next generation of media professionals, including journalists, strategic communicators, teachers, and researchers. Students can specialize in editing and graphic design, broadcast and electronic journalism, interactive multimedia, photo and video journalism, reporting, advertising, public relations and strategic communication.

Assured Admissions details:
Most students apply and enter the media and journalism school during their second year at Carolina — but Assured Admission students are guaranteed enrollment and admitted into the major from day one on campus (pending their ability to maintain a minimum 3.1 cumulative grade-point average during their first two years at Carolina).

What else is a part of the Assured Admission program?

  • A guaranteed seat in a special first-year seminar in media literacy during the fall semester.
  • Priority registration in a course on news writing (MEJO 153) during either the fall or spring semester of their first year. Note: This course is typically only open to second-year students. Taking this course earlier than others will allow you to unlock and access more of the MJ-school’s curriculum prior to graduation.
  • Starting at the media and journalism school earlier connects students more quickly to special opportunities, such as Reese News Lab, Heelprint Communications, broadcast programs,  internships, and media/journalism-specific study abroad. Students can also get involved with The Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper that is fully independent of the MJ-school.

First-year students who take advantage of this program are under no obligation to pursue a degree in media and journalism if their interests lead them elsewhere.

Learn more about undergraduate study at the School of Media and Journalism.

From recent Assured Admission students:

“In the fall semester, I was able to take News Writing, which is one of the prerequisites for the MJ-school. Most students aren’t able to get into this class until their sophomore year, so the program definitely allowed me to get a head start. Now, in the spring semester, I’m taking Introduction to Public Relations/Advertising, as I hope to pursue that track within the MJ-school. These classes have been my favorite classes at Carolina so far. We learn and practice concepts and skills that are relevant to a field that is rapidly evolving, and I know that I will use what I learn in these classes in my career, no matter what that may be.” — Pooja Panduranga, ’17

“I started working at Reese News Lab, a paid opportunity within the MJ-school, last January. The Lab blends entrepreneurship and the media in a start up format. We brainstorm new media product ideas and test the feasibility, viability, and desirability of the best ideas. Through this opportunity, I get the opportunity to network with numerous professionals in the media and entrepreneurship communities in addition to learning about the future of the industry.” — Lincoln Pennington, ’16

“So far, I’ve joined The Daily Tar Heel, one of the best college newspapers in the country, and my short time there has already been invaluable. Writers are trained by other students and learn what its like to work in a high-stakes newsroom environment. This summer, I’m looking at internships around Washington, D.C., and in coming years I hope to take advantage of the MJ-school’s study abroad program in London or the honors study abroad programs in London and Cape Town, which involve internship opportunities for media and journalism students.”– Langston Taylor, ’17

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