ABOUT THE PROGRAM
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Produce and cablecast a variety of shows, entertainment, and news campus-wide from this student-run television station.
Host your own radio show on The Talon 105.3 FM. Play music or chat politics, sports,
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.
Alumni Success Stories
"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, '13Jay McCormack '95, '13 & Erik Barone '95
ESPN Media Manager & ESPN Steadicam & Operations Specialist
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