Journalism and the liberal arts: inquiring minds
We believe that the best preparation for a career in journalism comes from the breadth of intellectual interest typical of a liberal-arts student, and that critical thinking and problem-solving are invaluable talents for insightful and resourceful journalists. Many, many successful alumni journalists demonstrate that a liberal-arts education serves future journalists well. The journalism program is not a major, but a minor that adds specific skills and knowledge to our students’ backgrounds gained from general education courses and their majors.
Journalism minors should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to:
The journalism minor is built around a core of three courses:
Most journalism courses are taught in Hollenbeck Hall, a technologically equipped academic building. All classrooms have wireless Internet access, video projection capabilities, and presentation and editing software. Some courses meet in a computer lab.
The Wittenberg Torch has a dedicated floor of Weaver Observatory for its staff use; it houses meeting and work spaces, as well as computers operating editing and layout software. The photography course makes use of its own darkroom in Koch Hall.
With guidance from Wittenberg’s Career Center, students have secured internships in a variety of outlets, including those in newspaper reporting, magazine and newsletter production, advertising, and radio and television broadcasting.
The Wittenberg Torch: Students have the chance to sharpen their journalistic skills through working on Wittenberg’s weekly newspaper, produced entirely by students. Its purpose is to inform the Wittenberg and Springfield communities about current issues, news events and feature stories, while providing a forum for scholarly debate and a vehicle for social change.
WUSO 89.1 FM: Those students interested in broadcasting may work at Wittenberg’s campus radio station. This student-run station provides experience in all aspects of the radio industry.
Many Wittenberg graduates have gone on to fulfilling careers in journalism, photojournalism, communication and publishing. Employers include:
Veterans of our journalism courses have also attended the top-rated graduate programs at:
Professors from the art, communication and English departments teach courses for the journalism minor and have a vast amount of experience in journalism, photography, communication, mass media and newspaper, magazine and creative writing. In addition to authoring several books and regularly presenting scholarly papers at academic conferences, our faculty includes an award-winning newspaper columnist, an award-winning environmental reporter, and an expert on mass media and popular culture.