Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies

UWM Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies (JAMS) students learn from an outstanding faculty and from the varied opportunities of a vibrant city with many media organizations.

The B.A. in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies offers both insightful academic study of the media and preparation for careers in media professions. JAMS majors complete one of three concentrations:

  • The Journalism concentration provides knowledge and experience in the dynamic field of journalism with emphasis on excellent writing, original reporting and innovative use of digital tools for storytelling.
  • The Advertising and Public Relations concentration provides an integrated approach to advertising and public relations.
  • The Media Studies concentration emphasizes critical, cultural, historical, legal, ethical, and social scientific analysis of the media and society while also providing experience in media production.

The M.A. in Media Studies involves research on practically any media topic. The purpose of the program is to develop abilities to research, reflect on, and write about media studies topics. Courses foster knowledge and understanding of mass media and society through critical, cultural, historical, legal, ethical, or social scientific approaches. Students work closely with their faculty advisors to prepare course plans and to conduct original research for their theses. The members of the graduate faculty are nationally respected scholars with a wide range of specialties. Students come from a variety of backgrounds.



Gamergate: Rebuilding after a Culture War
Serious Play will be hosting a talk and panel discussion on Gamergate by Alexis Dalbey, Steve Cuff, and Rachel Kinnard in the Digital Humanities Lab in the 2nd Floor East Wing of the Golda Meir Library.

Gamergate was an online movement in 2014 that ultimately grew to represent misogyny and sexism in game culture in the media. The talk will discuss the origins of the movement, and the coverage and events that followed.



Pritchard Serves on Conference Committee
Professor David Pritchard has been reappointed to the "comité scientifique" (research committee) for the biennial conference organized by GIS – Journalisme, a consortium of France's four leading institutes for research about the news media. The 2015 conference will be in Paris in October. Professor Pritchard was also a member of the comité scientifique for the 2011 and 2013 conferences.
Rick Popp 


JAMS Professors in Print
Professor Rick Popp recently published in "Information, Industrialization, and the Business of Press Clippings, 1880—1925," The Journal of American History, Vol. 101, No. 2 (September 2014).

Professor Elana Levine was recently published in “Love in the Afternoon: The Supercouples of 1980s Daytime Soap Opera,” Critical Studies in Television 9:2 (Summer 2014).


Tasman’s Work on View in Quebec, Ann Arbor
Senior Lecturer Marc Tasman was awarded the Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund for Visual Art Award to support his participation in Intérieur Trouvé, a solo exhibition at Galerie Remise in Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec. This work, from the Laurentian Internationale collection, is a series of documentary photographs that explores a family's connection to the land over five generations. Also in July, en route to Quebec, Tasman installed and showed excerpts from his Dear Family, I Love You photo series at the Back House Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tasman was one of 40 artists exhibiting in CultureJam MKE, a themed show fostering a critique of dominant cultural, economic, and ecological practices, at the Hide House in Milwaukee on Gallery Night and Day on July 25-26.