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Media Communication

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
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From your first semester in the Media Communication program, you'll learn how to gather news, investigate hard-hitting stories, cover live events, shoot and edit video, gather and edit audio and even host a radio show. 

At Doane University, we prefer hands-on learning. As a Media Communication major, you will have a chance to be published in the Owl, our weekly student newspaper. You will have the opportunity to be an online storyteller, posting video or print stories on Doaneline, the student-produced website. You'll learn the ins and outs of radion as a DJ, music director, or promotions manager. Photographers, writers and graphic designers can also submit to 1014 Magazine; a feature magazine published once a semester. 

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The Doane Difference

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Gain Real-World Experience

Regardless of the platform you choose, our students gain real-work journalism experience in the classroom. If you're in a supervisory role, such as editor, station manager, or news director, we also pay you!

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From the White House to Late Night

Doane alumni have been able to cover manhunts of escaped convicts, work as a press secretary in the United States Senate, begin their own NYC-based public relations firm, tell stories for NBC News, shoot a video for the Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey circus and work for David Letterman. 

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Travel the Country 

Students enrolled in Media Communications classes, or who are part of the Doane Student Media staff, can travel to media conventions and attend major news events in New York Cuty, Austin, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New Orleans. 

Program Information

Producers and Directors
2018 Median Pay: $71,680 per year
Job Outlook: +5% from 2018-2028
Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions.

Public Relations and Funding Managers
2018 Median Pay: $114,800 per year
Job Outlook: +8% from 2018-2028
Public relations managers direct the creation of materials that will enhance the public image of their employer or client. Fundraising managers coordinate campaigns that bring in donations for their organization.

Public Relations Specialist
2018 Median Pay: $60,000 per year
Job Outlook: +6% from 2018-2028
Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent.


Doane students have presented research regarding newspaper designs at the Annual National College Media Convention. All Doane Media is operated by students, not censored, and students make all broadcasting and publishing decisions.

Past Internships Include:

  • NBC News
  • The Late Show with David Letterman
  • The White House Communications Department
  • Scripps Howard Foundation Wire Service
  • Institute of Political Journalism
  • The Lincoln Journal Star
  • Sandhills Publishing
  • American Cancer Society
  • Nebraska School Activities Association
  • Lincoln Saltdogs
  • USA Track and Field

Doane Owl

The Doane Owl is the student newspaper of Doane University and is the oldest continuous University newspaper in Nebraska.
All of the historic issues of the Doane Owl are available online.  The database is searchable:  
The weekly paper is published on Thursdays by students and distributed to the Doane community. Any Doane student, regardless of major, is welcomed to join the newspaper staff. Paid positions are available and students may receive academic credit for the work. Opportunities include: news and sports reporting, feature writing, editorial or commentary writing, editing, designing pages, selling and designing advertisements, business management, photography, production, graphic design, and digital imaging.

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