Missouri

There are two universities that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in the state of Missouri that have been designated by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). The most recognized school of the two is the University of Missouri, which offers a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Journalism.

Southeast Missouri State University provides an undergraduate alternative with the Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication. In order to have accreditation from the ACEJMC, schools must have a consistently updated curriculum that holds the latest developments within communication, an experienced faculty that interacts and supports all students pursuing the degree, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion for faculty and students.

Here is a quick view of schools with communications degrees in Missouri:
  • Southeast Missouri State University: B.S. Mass Communication
  • University of Missouri: B.J. Journalism M.A. Journalism

Top Locations for Communications Schools and Job Opportunities in Missouri

There are two large metropolitan areas that provide plenty of communications-based job opportunities in the state of Missouri - Kansas City and St. Louis. The larger of the two, Kansas City, has a popular daily newspaper publication, The Kansas City Star, and weekly publications of the Kansas City Business Journal that focuses on the latest business news throughout the city.

One of the top marketing companies in the area is Access Advertising, which emphasizes multimedia organizations with online and mobile advertising. They help clients get a foothold in advertising on ad-based music playlists and utilizing Google AdSense for potential customers browsing the web.

St. Louis has the top television market in the state of Missouri and 23rd overall on a national basis according to Nielsen. Their market consists of the Eastern portion of the state and stretches into the Southwestern portion of Illinois. This includes all of the traditional national broadcasting affiliates - KTVI for Fox, KSDK for NBC, KDNL-TV for ABC, and more.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the top daily newspaper in the city, with the St. Louis Business Journal dealing with local business information on a weekly basis. Alive St. Louis focusing on lifestyle and culture on a monthly publishing cycle.

Missouri Journalism and Communications Careers, Salaries, and Associations

Broadcast news analysts have a high employment rate in the state of Missouri according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics with around 200 employed. There is a significant junk of analysts that are in the Kansas City and St. Louis metropolitan areas.

Careers within broadcast news analysis will typically review news sources to determine accuracy. These are the anchors or commentators that provide more context with news stories or may offer their informed opinions on particular topics.

Missouri has above-average employment within public relations, having around 5,260 workers and an annual mean wage of $58,790 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The employment rate is well above the national average, but salaries fall slightly below the median.

Two metropolitan areas, Jefferson City and Columbia, fall into the top 10 locations with a high concentration of public relation positions. For Jefferson City, which employs 4.5 PR specialists per 1,000 workers, is only less of a rate than Washington DC, Olympia-Tumwater in Washington, and Lansing-East Lansing in Michigan. Jefferson City is also the highest-paid area in the state with an estimated annual mean salary of $64,640.

Public Relations Society of America – St. Louis Chapter

The Public Relations Society of America have numerous groups across the state, including the Greater Kansas City Chapter, Mid-Missouri Chapter, Southwest Missouri Chapter, and the St. Louis Chapter. The latter is one of the top PR organizations in the city’s metro area and looks to protect the industry locally while building innovation.

Those who work in the industry or teach within public relations at an accredited institution are eligible to become a member in this chapter. Full members require at least two years of experience while associate members a graduate students or have less than two years of experience. Retired workers can also be members at a discounted rate.

Campus-based and online Communications programs in Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University

  • B.S. Mass Communication

University of Missouri

  • B.J. Journalism
  • M.A. Journalism
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