Igniting Public Conversation

School of Media and Journalism

The mission of the UNC School of Media and Journalism is to prepare students to ignite the public conversation and to understand the role of communication in fostering democracy. The school combines immersive student experiences, faculty innovation and an interdisciplinary research culture to deliver global impact.

With faculty members who are international thought leaders, students learn the skills they need to succeed in the new media environment, whether they pursue careers in journalism, advertising, public relations or other communications fields.

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As Carolina celebrates its 225th anniversary this year, we’ll spotlight the ways the University is preparing our students to thrive in a dynamic society and how it is opening the doors for great minds to make transformative discoveries. Throughout the year, we’ll profile academic units, hear from deans and learn about programs that set Carolina apart from other universities.

225 Years.

The UNC School of Media and Journalism is continually evolving and transforming to prepare students to be leaders in an industry where persistent change and disruption are the expectations.

Susan King, dean and John Thomas Kerr Distinguished Professor

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By the numbers

School of Media and Journalism

  • 7national championships in collegiate journalism (most in the nation)
  • 9top national doctoral dissertations (most in the nation)
  • 28Pulitzer Prizes won by faculty and alumni
  • 1,000+undergraduate students
  • 16,800+alumni network
  • No. 1Master's in Digital Communication online degree
  • 6study abroad exchanges with peer universities focused on media


  • Understanding digital media influence

    From social media’s influence on the Arab Spring to the ways Black Lives Matter activists made waves online, Deen Freelon’s research is a window into the contemporary world.

  • U.S. News Deserts: A Problem for Democracy

    Knight Chair Penny Abernathy is documenting areas of the country that are becoming news deserts and presenting sustainable business strategies so local news organizations continue providing news that informs citizens in a democracy.

  • The MJ-school Student Experience

    The student experience at the MJ-school prepares graduates for successful careers in a dynamic media environment. In this video series, we follow the stories of Kiana Cole, Kyla Garrett Wagner and Sloan Hampton Taylor.

  • Start Here/Never Stop Podcast: Ilana Finley

    Alumna Ilana Finley is vice president of global communications at Converse. She previously served as senior director of communications for Nike, leading media relations strategy for corporate and brand communications for Nike’s North America business.