Beginning with September 2010, entering Freshmen are following the new program requirements that can be found in the program courses link. Students who were here prior to that date must complete the program requirements in effect when they enrolled.

Media Communication majors have many opportunities to engage in hands on opportunities in broadcast, online, and print through our live newscast, newspaper, and online news site.  FMCC prepares you for transfer to a four-year institution since the more education you have the better your career opportunities.  Graduates have gone on to Ithaca College, NYU, Syracuse, UMASS-Amherst, and to many SUNY colleges and universities.

Your first year is spent learning how to structure stories for all three formats— broadcast, online, and print.  You’ll have an opportunity to apply these skills as you begin to learn the necessary software and equipment that help bring your words to the public.

Your second year is spent strengthening storytelling skills through projects that will appear in all three forms— broadcast, online, and print.

For those who like sports metaphors— everyone at FM plays; there are no "bench warmers."

Our professional development opportunities are through the Communications Club.  Don’t think high school club because it is the club membership that produces the newscasts, events updates, online paper, print newspaper, and radio.  Without participating in the club, your FM experience will be significantly reduced.

Sophomores may apply for an internship.  Our students have worked at WMHT, Capital News 9, the Leader-Herald, and Nathan Littauer Hospital.  Internships are coordinated through the COCAL office.

As for my background, I hold a bachelor’s degree in communication (broadcast) and a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.  I spent almost 10 years as a reporter for the Gloversville Leader- Herald and the Schenectady Gazette.  For 12 years I was in the corporate public relations department for Contel of New York and GTE North Region.  I began as an adjunct instructor in broadcasting in 1994 at FMCC and began teaching full time in 1996.  I hold the rank of Associate Professor – Media Communication.

As you go through this web site, you will learn more about the program so you can decide if it is right for you.  If you have any questions, email me at

Be sure to check the listing of program courses and the typical media arts student class schedule.

Link to a list of mass media books, videos and magazines in the FMCC Evans Library.


Media Communication, Fulton-Montgomery Community College (SUNY-FMCC), 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown, NY 12095 -- Associate Professor James Hinkle, Jr.

© 2009 James Hinkle, Jr.