Welcome to the Department of Journalism and Media Studies. We invite you to join us in any of our three majors/minors. These include Film and Television Studies (FTS), Multimedia Journalism (JRN) and Media Communication Studies (MCS).

Film and TV Studies  (FTS)

FTS majors focus on the theory, practice, artistic creation of cinema and other moving image media. They examine the history of cinema, genres, the methodologies for study, close analysis of cinematic works, theoretical approaches to film and the practice of camera, lighting, editing, audio production. This major is for you if you wish to pursue a graduate degree or seek employment in various moving image industries. Film students may seek advanced degrees in cinema studies and film production or seek employment in film and television industries. Students focusing on video production can seek employment in the various careers in live production, sports media, streaming media and traditional television industry fields.

Multimedia Journalism (JRN)

JRN majors explore the future of multimedia journalism in the heart of New York City. As a JRN major, you will embrace your passion for storytelling and fact-finding with our cutting-edge program, recently redesigned to incorporate more video and audio courses. Our students report and document the stories that need telling with experienced media professionals as their guides. Students publish across diverse  media: print, audio, video, and data. They blend aesthetics with information for impactful digital web and social media design. Internships with global brands then help transform their learning experiences into professional practice. 

New JRN Major: Multimedia Journalism (SPRING 2024)

As of Spring 2024, the Journalism and Media Studies Department has completed a redesign of the major to increase the number of audio and video courses. We have also updated some of the course names and descriptions to better reflect the curriculum.

Will This Impact Current Majors?

If you declared your major in Journalism before this, your requirements will REMAIN THE SAME. However, if you have fairly recently declared, we will be encouraging you to change to the new major to take advantage of these new audio and video options. We will be sending you information about this option and will be holding Zoom sessions in April to discuss the change.

Media Communication Studies (MCS)

MCS majors study the both the history and current state of media as well as the elements of professional communications in all its facets.  Subjects include ownership and industry structure; media genres; media platforms (from the telegraph to the mobile app to future innovations); government regulation of the media;  media globalization; issues of identity and diversity in the media, including multilingualism; and socio-cultural effects of media representation. This major is for you if you wish to pursue an academic future in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, or a career path in advertising, public relations, marketing, organizational management, or public policy.


Please visit our advising page to find contact information for our department advisors or visit the Journalism & Media Studies office at 263 Carman Hall. 

Summer 2024 Advising

Tuesday, July 16             12:00PM - 6:30PM              Eileen.Markey@Lehman.cuny.edu        
Tuesday, July 23             12:00PM - 6:30PM              Philip.Ruiz@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Wednesday, July 24      10:00AM - 4:00PM              Eileen.Markey@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Tuesday, July 30             12:00PM - 6:30PM              James.Carney@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Wednesday, July 31      10:00AM - 4:00PM              James.Carney@Lehman.cuny.edu
Tuesday, August 6         12:00PM - 6:30PM              James.Carney@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Wednesday, August 7   10:00AM - 4:00PM              James.Carney@Lehman.cuny.edu
Tuesday, August 13       12:00PM - 6:30PM              Philip.Ruiz@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Wednesday, August 14 10:00AM - 4:00PM              Philip.Ruiz@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Tuesday, August 20       12:00PM - 6:30PM              Philip.Ruiz@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Wednesday, August 21 10:00AM - 4:00PM              Christine.McKenna@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Thursday, August 22     10:00AM - 4:00PM              Christine.McKenna@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Monday, August 26       10:00AM - 4:00PM              Christine.McKenna@Lehman.cuny.edu 
Tuesday, August 27       12:00PM - 6:30PM              Philip.Ruiz@Lehman.cuny.edu

Award-Winning Multimedia Productions

In addition to our areas of study, an essential part our academic focus includes the delivery of award-winning multimedia productions that reach audiences here in New York and around the world. We accomplish this by using the tools of professional media to attract dedicated audiences that expect and receive excellence.

JMS continues to expand and evolve, with a media presence that includes television, Internet radio, an online newspaper, film and much more. Come join us on our mission to educate, inform and explore our community and our world.

Inside Lehman

Inside Lehman is an award-winning television news magazine produced by faculty and students of JCT. It highlights issues in the public consciousness and areas of academic study.

The Bronx Journal

The Bronx Journal is a student publication that covers the Bronx community. It features news, photo galleries, and videos about the latest happenings in the borough. Also check out Bronx Journal Radio.

Lehman Journalism and Media Studies

Check out our stories on the Lehman Journalism Instagram account or Flickr feed. Visit the Lehman Journalism and Media Studies and Lehman Journalism Alumni pages for the latest news and events.


All JMS students are strongly encouraged to work in media organizations during their time in the major. Check out the internship listings and sign up to the department listserv for the latest openings and opportunities. Learn more about the CUNY Inclusive Economy (CIE) Initiative where you can get paid internships.