The journalism major seeks to develop students in their professional writing skills and creative writing skills in order to achieve precise, powerful communication. Journalistic ethics are stressed. One factor that sets apart our journalism major is that many of the courses are taught by those who are practicing writers, editors, and photographers.
Examples of courses in this major:
A survey of mass media in society, including newspapers, magazines, radio, recording industry, television, film, internet, advertising, photojournalism, and communication theory. This course covers the history, economic controls, governmental controls, problems, effects of research, and societal importance of the information and entertainment media.
This course explores moral reasoning and practice in the communication field as well as the major theoretical approaches to communication. Case studies will be used to examine truth telling, business pressures, deception, fairness, privacy, social justice, and the relationship between ethics, theories and practice. Applications in advertising, the entertainment industry, politics, and the church.
Instruction and practice in writing for newspapers, including current news, features, sports, government, editorials, etc. Includes practical experience writing for the campus and local newspapers.
A laboratory, hands-on course in which students are exposed to InDesign and Adobe Photoshop while learning the most up-to-date principles of layout and design for newspapers, magazines, websites and other media.
Instruction and practice in the preparation of copy for publication, including copy editing, proofreading, style, headline writing , picture cropping, typography, legal considerations, and page layout and design for newspapers, magazines, and other media.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.M.E., Grace College; M.M.E., Indiana University; Ph.D A.B.D., University of Iowa; M.A., Indiana Wesleyan University; Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University.
Dr. White has extensive experience in journalism. He was founder, editor, or publisher of two magazines and three newspapers and publisher of BMH Books. He is former president of the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) and was honored by the EPA and the National Association of Evangelicals with top awards for contribution to Christian journalism. He has recently authored a book on the centennial history of Winona Lake, Winona at 100: Third Wave Rising.
B.A. in English Education, Grace College; M.A. in English, St. Francis College; Ph.D. in Literature, Composition, and Journalism, Ball State University
Dr. Sauders joined the faculty of Grace College in 1965. Her main areas of expertise in literature are in C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, and drama of all eras. She takes students every fall to Stratford, Canada, to see the plays at the Shakespeare Festival. She also takes students each spring break to England, visiting London, Oxford, Windsor, Stratford, Bath, Stonehenge/Salisbury, and Wales. She has presented papers at Taylor University's C.S. Lewis & Friends monthly meetings,as well as at their biennial C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium. She advises the school newspaper, the Sounding Board, and does editing work both for Grace College and for outside organizations and individuals.
B.A. in Communication Studies, University of Northwestern, St. Paul; M.A. in Speech Communication, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Ph.D. in Communication, University of Memphis.
Dr. Loebs joined the Grace faculty in 2013. He teaches a wide variety of communication courses for the college. His primary research is in political and early-American rhetoric. He is currently engaged in various writing projects and has recently published works on the rhetoric of U.S. presidents. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, playing instruments, biking, and spending time outdoors. Pat and his wife, Heidi, are originally from Minnesota and have one child.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
Collect and analyze information about newsworthy events to write stories for publication. Gather and verify factual information through interviews, observation, and research.
Directs and coordinates activities of writers engaged in preparing creative, technical, scientific, medical, or other material for publication. Analyzes developments in specific fields to determine need for revisions, corrections, and changes in previously published works.
Develop and implement global strategies that enhance advertising revenue. Find new sources to generate growth and profit through online media products. Prepare complete monthly and/or quarterly reports and sales forecasts.
Contract with organizations to provide writing services that are creative, insightful, and/or technical; and always tailored to the marketplace. Remain up to date on current trends in the field in which they write by being a continuous learner.
Photographs newsworthy events, locations, people, or other illustrative or educational material for use in publications, telecasts, or online media. Travels to assigned location and takes pictures. Usually specializes in news, sports, special features, or freelance photography.
What others are saying:
I am so glad I chose to pursue my degrees in English and journalism at Grace College. The professors in both departments are extremely competent, experienced, and helpful. They don’t just teach; they get to know their students. My classes, as well as my relationships with Grace professors, have helped me develop academically, spiritually, and personally. Grace has given me countless opportunities to succeed.
—Liane Schmersahl, B.A., English and Journalism, graduated 2011
Grace's journalism professors truly care about their students' careers, consistently providing internship and job fair opportunities for us. I've been able to get journalistic experiences at Grace that I never could have gotten at a big university. Since many professors are still active in journalism jobs, their knowledge has helped sharpen me into not just a better journalist, but a better Christian journalist
—Stephen Copeland, B.S., Journalism, graduated 2011