What Journalism Students Learn
- The types of writing that journalists doâ€”news, features, opinion-based columns and blogs, investigative multi-part stories, and creative nonfiction.
- The types of writing done in media other than in print.
- Time management and editing skillsâ€”of your own writing and the work of others.
- Writing to suit an audienceâ€™s needsâ€”particular, diverse, amorphous.
- How to be creative at the level of word, structure, and design.
- Responsible ethics. An integration of a Christian worldview and the code of conduct and practice adhered to by the professional organizations in journalism (The Society of Professional Journalists, Radio-Television Digital News Directors Association).
- Communications trends in various populations; images in the media related to gender, race, religion, and culture; techniques of persuasion; the impact of technology on communication.
A Journalism student's campus profile will include:
- Lots of practical experience by working on the award-winning student newspaper, The Waltonian.
- Working your way up the ranks from reporter to section editor to editor-in-chief or managing editor on the newspaper. Think design and management experience. Think skills in column or sports writing, video or web editing.
- Expect to nose into on-campus and off-campus events and anticipate interviewing the president of the college.
- Writing on speculation in ENG 340 for the magazine Spirit.
What else is absolutely necessary in this concetration?
An internshipâ€”at least one! You must intern in another organization, gaining experience in some field of journalism or public relations or marketing. Think good references, a chance to see and get current in the kinds of writing and information work out there in specific venues.