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Why Mayborn is the Best Choice for You

At the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism you will learn how to communicate and tell stories relevant to society’s needs—skills that are always in demand—and equip yourself with knowledge of the latest practices to adapt to an evolving industry.

The school also has a strong reputation through its Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni and renowned Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, which attracts giants in literary nonfiction such as three-time Nobel Prize nominee Joyce Carol Oates, Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday and travel writer Paul Theroux. And the Mayborn Graduate Institute continues to be the only nationally accredited professional journalism program in Texas.

Mayborn Broadcast News students
UNT’s journalism program has been a major provider of professionals and academics for all forms of media and profit and nonprofit communications organizations since 1945.

Journalism alumni have won eight Pulitzer Prizes. And Mayborn faculty members have won national awards including:

  • duPont Awards—the broadcast equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize
  • Peabody Awards—one of the oldest international awards for electronic media
  • Walter Cronkite Awards—for excellence in television and political journalism
  • award-winning advertising for national brands such as Doritos, Pepsi, Borden and Korbel

Career Potential

The world of journalism is ever changing. Technological advances allow information to be delivered faster than ever before using many different media.

Journalism isn’t just newspapers. Graduates can pursue careers in these fields: Corporate Communications Manager, Brand Manager, Photojournalist, Marketing Representative, Web News Producer, News Anchor, Copy Editor, Advertising Copywriter, Videographer, Editor, Sportswriter, Public Information Specialist, Journalism Teacher, Opinion Writer, Social Media Manager, Science Reporter, Entertainment Reporter, Film Reviewer & more.

Our dynamic curriculum and hands-on learning will prepare you for a variety of professions including:

  • News and sports reporting, writing and visual journalism—both video and still—for the Internet, broadcast, newspapers, magazines and books
  • Advertising in agencies, with corporations or businesses, for nonprofit organizations and with media companies
  • Public relations in agencies, corporations, government and nonprofits
  • Web, desktop publishing, social networking and blogging with businesses or freelance
  • Teaching in secondary schools

Because a journalism education provides students with strong writing, research and critical thinking skills, journalism graduates also find work at a variety of jobs outside the media industry or use the degree to enter graduate or law studies.

Undergraduate Program

You can study to become a reporter, photojournalist, broadcast journalist or editor. If you’re interested in advertising and public relations, you can learn skills for working in agencies, nonprofit organizations and media companies. No matter which path you choose, you’ll be engaged in social media, blogging and the web.

Mayborn Broadcast News student filming NT NewsNet webcast
Our coursework emphasizes learning in multiple different disciplines, to give students the most possible training for the future.

The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism is among the elite journalism programs that have earned national accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Only about one-fourth of all journalism and mass communications programs in the United States are accredited by this organization.


Department of News


Course work will prepare you for reporting, writing, editing and visual/photojournalism careers online, on air and in print. This multi-platform approach trains you for professions that often incorporate broadcast, print, online and social media skills into a single job. A secondary teaching certification in journalism is available.



Department of Strategic Communications


Course work will prepare you to work in advertising, public relations and careers that integrate these in advertising/PR/marketing agencies, corporations, nonprofit agencies, government and more.

Graduate Institute Mayborn graduate students

Graduate work at the institute equips you with the professional and academic skills needed to succeed as a media professional or journalism instructor. The program’s strength lies in its relevance to the needs of today’s media environment and its many opportunities for research.

The Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism—the only nationally accredited professional master’s program in Texas—offers specialties in print and broadcast news, photojournalism, integrated marketing communications and publishing.

It offers Master of Arts and Master of Journalism degrees. The institute also offers a Ph.D. through the College of Information at UNT.

To benefit part-time and commuting students who work days, the school offers most graduate classes in the late afternoons and evenings during the fall and spring semesters. Workshop classes are offered for academic credit in strategic Dallas-Fort Worth locations, such as the Universities Center at Dallas.

The Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism offers unique learning and research opportunities for full-time and part-time graduate students. Students learn skills allowing them to succeed in media professions and in academics.

Hands-On Experience

You’ll receive extensive hands-on opportunities through skills classes as well as by using video/audio technology and state-of-the-art computers and software in our six technology labs. You may also help complete campaigns and projects for advertising and public relations clients or produce work for broadcast, magazines, newspapers and the web.

Mayborn Broadcast News student filming NT NewsNet webcast
Mayborn students will have many opportunities to gain first-hand, practical skills in their chosen professions.


UNT is located in the fifth largest media market in the country, which provides access to numerous outstanding internship opportunities. You can gain experience at advertising and public relations agencies throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Broadcasting internships are available from area network, independent and cable stations, radio stations and websites. News and photo students can intern with magazines, newspapers, book publishers and their websites. Many journalism students find full-time jobs from their internships.

Broadcast students can also work for Denton Community TV, to produce a student-produced television newscast NT Daily TV, and learn how to shoot and edit broadcast news videos. The campus newspaper, the NT Daily, is printed four days a week and is entirely student-produced. Mayborn students sell advertisements, edit, write, report, take photographs, design and post stories to the newspaper’s website.

The school also produces a tourist magazine for the city of Denton called Denton Live. It is distributed throughout North Texas and into Oklahoma. Mayborn students write the stories and design the professional publication. Graduate students seeking more publishing experience can write for Mayborn magazine, a literary magazine unveiled every year at the school’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference.

The Mayborn Graduate Institute also publishes Ten Spurs every year as part of The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. The literary journal features writers from throughout the country. Students are also welcome to submit essays or reported narratives for publication.

In addition to internship opportunities with media, advertising, and public relations companies throughout the Metroplex, UNT has several publications staffed by students.

Award-Winning Publications NT Daily student journalist at Superbowl 2011

The North Texas Daily, UNT’s student-run newspaper, and the Campus Chat, its predecessor, have earned three regional and six national Pacemaker awards, the last two presented by the American Newspaper Publishers Association and the Associated Collegiate Press. The newspaper has also earned All-American honors 86 times, awarded by the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Advisors.

About the University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is a student-focused public research university and the flagship of the UNT System offering 97 bachelor’s, 88 master’s and 40 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized.

UNT is the largest university in the fourth largest metropolitan area in the nation, and is Texas’ 4th largest university.

UNT leads Texas public universities in the number of students selected as Goldwater Scholars in math and science. The university has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 14 consecutive years and offers the quality of a private university at an affordable cost and is listed as a “Best in the West” college by The Princeton Review.

As a university with a legacy of excellence, UNT also has a growing reputation as an emerging research university where scholarship and creativity thrive.

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