School of Journalism and Media

Director: Dr. Erika Engstrom

Degree Offered: B.A. or B.S. in Journalism, Media Arts and Studies (formerly Telecommunications)
Website: School of Journalism and Media
Location: Blazer Dining

Mailing Address:

School of Journalism and Media
102 Blazer Dining
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0012

Phone: 859-218-0280
Fax: (859) 323-3168


The School has a proud history of public service to the Commonwealth dating back to 1914. It is one of only 113 fully accredited journalism schools in the country and abroad. Students study journalism or media arts and studies (formerly telecommunications). Emphases within journalism include print or broadcast reporting and editing, and media law and ethics. Media arts and studies emphases include voice and data network management, audio and video production, and media management and social effects.

Students learn first-hand working at the Kentucky Kernel, the Kentuckian yearbook, radio stations WRFL and WUKY, and JAT News, our award winning student newscast. The school also promotes the free flow of information through its First Amendment Center. Since 1981, the School has been the home of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

The School educates and trains students for responsible positions in various communication and media professions; engages in critical, high-quality research aimed at both creating knowledge and critiquing industry to improve professional practice; and serves the local, national and global community by promoting democratic ideals and helping foster a public sphere in which free and open discourse can take place. Graduates go on to careers in professional fields such as news broadcasting and reporting, advertising and public relations, and sound and video production.