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Students learn how media shapes society. Students are prepared for career in a variety of media areas.

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The Creative Arts Scholarship Program is for first-time, out-of-state graduate and undergraduate students, including international and transfer students. Applicants must be accepted to ETSU before they will be considered for a Creative Arts Scholarship.

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Journalism teaches multimedia production, sharpens writing skills, and provides behind-the-scenes access to the world. Journalism students learn the watchdog role of the media and the importance of a free press, as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Students learn the craft through hands-on assignments in our technology-rich skills classes. 

There is an emphasis on news writing with a strong focus on compelling digital storytelling. Instruction includes visual skills in photography, videography, and online production. Faculty and instructions keep pace with today’s ever-changing media landscape, equipping students with the tools they need. Journalism graduates land jobs in many media fields. News media professionals work at newspapers, websites, magazines, radio/TV news stations, nonprofit organizations, corporate media offices, and government agencies. Journalists are also finding careers in the burgeoning social media world.

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The Radio-TV-Film (formerly Broadcasting) unit at East Tennessee State University prepares students for careers in the radio, television, and film industry and provides a foundation for future growth and career development in research, programming, writing, directing, producing, managing, and ownership of the nation’s electronic and entertainment media.


In addition to the cultivation of artistic and practical skills, the program emphasizes history, law and ethics of electronic media, and a broad knowledge of the social, economic, and cultural problems of the society it serves. Students receive hands-on experience by working in the department's student-operated radio and television stations, laboratories, and approved internships.

Creative Arts Scholarship Criteria for Journalism and Radio-TV-Film

  • Student must be a Radio/TV/Film, Journalism, Advertising/Public Relations major or minor. Note: If you are majoring in another department or program, please check with your advisor to see if a minor is required or allowed.
  • You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Grades are reviewed each semester.
  • You must complete a total of 65 hours per semester of work in your departmental major/minor program. These assignments/tasks will be coordinated with your supervisor.
  • You must accept the responsibility of reporting to your supervisor during the first week of each semester to     receive your assignments. Students are expected to satisfactorily complete weekly hours and maintain     contact with the supervisor as needed.
  • If you fail to meet any of the conditions above, you may forfeit your scholarship at the end of any term.

Your scholarship is awarded for a maximum of 8 semesters. Creative Arts scholarships are not valid during summer semesters. The decision for renewal will be based upon your satisfactory performance in projects and assignments, and the recommendation of faculty.

What Sets Us Apart


Small class sizes ensure more one-on-one interaction with professors.


Our partnership with Adobe gives students access to top industry tools.


Internships provide real world experience outside the classroom.


Students land great careers because of our education project partners.


Professional advisors to help guide you in the right direction.


Experiential media facility available for use by our students.


Local, regional and national industry partners.