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An innovative undergraduate program in Digital Media and Communication will launch in January 2020 at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), thanks to a pioneering collaboration with Connecticut Public. The undergraduate degree program offers students two distinct concentrations: Spanish Media and Communication or Sport Media and Communication.
The program will be the third in the nation—and only in New England—to offer a concentration in Spanish Media and Communication. Students will take courses at both USJ and Connecticut Public, located minutes from each other on Asylum Avenue.
“In addition to having access to our notable faculty for language and communication courses, USJ students will greatly benefit from access to Connecticut Public resources. Through this program, the students’ media courses will be taught in newly modernized production studios led by working professionals in the industry ranging in disciplines from graphic design to video production,” said Provost Michelle Kalis, Ph.D.
The combination of academic rigor and hands-on experience will prepare undergraduate students in the Digital Media and Communication Program to enter into the media and communication industries ready to serve bilingual, bicultural and growing audience interest in a variety of sports.
“A key differentiator for our program is the application of educational theory to real-world projects led by instructors, including Emmy award-winning documentarians and producers,” said Donna Sodipo, Senior Vice President of Education at Connecticut Public. “Our team works closely with students to produce professional work in a way that focuses on critical thinking and creative problem-solving as an integral part of the media landscape. Students’ access to the producers who, on an everyday basis, work to create content for the trusted and celebrated PBS and NPR brands makes this program an innovative and trailblazing step toward a comprehensive media education.”
Connecticut Public provides hands-on education in media skills that strives to develop students into the next generation of media professionals. Their instructors are working professionals who, on a day-to-day basis, employ the skills they teach in their courses. As a result, their curricula are current and refreshed on a regular basis to reflect the constantly changing and evolving media and technology landscape.
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The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) offers a wide range of coeducational undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and certificate programs that combine a professional and liberal arts education with opportunities for mentored research, community service, clinical field work, and internships. Programs are taught on the University’s two campuses in West Hartford and Hartford, Connecticut; at off-campus locations throughout the state; and online. Founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy, the University of Saint Joseph offers degrees with value and values. To learn more, view our website at
Connecticut Public is Connecticut’s only statewide, multi-platform public media organization, producing television, radio, print, and web content for Connecticut’s wide-ranging and diverse communities. Home to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV, Spirit, Create) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR), Connecticut Public serves nearly one million citizens each month. Through our mission to inform, educate and inspire the people of Connecticut, we connect people of all ages to high quality journalism, storytelling, education, and experiences. Connecticut Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with an $20 million annual budget, funded primarily through community support from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors. More information at