Jackson State University’s Department of Mass Communications has great news to report! Following a two-day visit to the campus, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications announced that it would recommend the department be fully accredited.
“We are all very excited,” said interim department chair Olorundare Aworuwa. “Everyone really has worked together as a team.”
Since earning a provisional accreditation in 2009, the department has installed new computers and software, revised its curriculum and made solid steps to improve student diversity. The council will return in four years for its next review of the program. The department is a part of the university’s School of Communications in the College of Liberal Arts. Established in 1978, the department earned its first accreditation in 1984 and introduced its first master’s program in 1981. In 2008, the department relocated from Blackburn Hall on the main campus to the Mississippi e-Center@JSU on Raymond Road in Jackson. In addition to the traditional classrooms, the facility offers classroom computer labs and editing labs. It is also home of the department’s instructional television studio JSU22 and the university’s commercial television station, JSU-TV.