Writing, editing, layout, photography
Sports, politics, DIY projects, music, piano, violin, reading
Students who major in Journalism and Mass Communication are exposed to writing,editing,video production, broadcast media and social media. They have opportunities to learn practically by working for the University newspaper, as well as carrying out many class assignments which force them out into the local community to network and bring back news and feature articles.
During her time as a journalist working for a military newspaper in North Carolina, Mary wrote a weekly column called "On the Run." The column was geared toward new runners and covered topics such as the importance of proper gear for running, ways to improve using popular apps, and interesting workouts to improve speed and endurance.
Mary devoted four years to working with and covering members of the United States military, to include training special forces candidates to engage with foreign media, running two military newspapers as an editor, completing photo shoots used as part of presentations to request funding for construction on military bases and training junior staff in the use of social media.
Mary worked as a military journalist for four years, during which time she created hundreds of feature and news articles, as well as press releases. Mary was also responsible for editing all articles published in her local newspaper, as well as assigning all content to be covered by junior staff. She received the Visual Information and Excellence in Communication News Article Award for a piece she wrote about a veteran's personal experience at Iwo Jima.
From 2015 to 2016, Mary oversaw the social media accounts for a Marine Corps base located in North Carolina. She was responsible for keeping an audience of more than 170,000 informed of important events happening in the local area, weather or training events that would impact traffic or workflow, and sharing content to keep followers informed of accomplishments within the Marine Corps - such a awards ceremonies, training accomplishments and deployments.