Writing and Publishing
There are many reasons for studying news journalism. At Biola, you’ll learn the biblical mandate for news reporting. You’ll also learn where news, as a concept, came from in this country and why it’s a constitutionally protected freedom. You’ll learn why truthful, balanced news is crucial to our democracy, and why — because of the importance of news — that it’s wrong to fabricate it, embellish it, steal others’ work, or lie to beat the competition for news. The liberal arts foundation provided by Biola provides you, as a journalism student, a solid core of understanding about the origins and complexities of the world around you — including the importance of other cultures to understanding news. You’ll be urged to become fluent in another language and take a summer or semester to study or practice journalism in a culture that stretches you, perhaps in another country.
The first thing you’ll learn as a student with a print news emphasis is how to find news — the kind that matters to editors and publishers. Then you’ll learn how to report it, write it, edit it and illustrate it with photos and graphics on a page. You’ll also learn how to blog news (effectively — maybe with video or audio files), and link it to useful background material on a Web page. News convergence is big at Biola because it’s a cutting-edge trend in news across the U.S. and around the world.
You’ll also learn how to find your personal calling as a news journalist seeking to honor God, and then be guided toward taking that calling, starting with practical instruction and hands-on work, and leading into solid internships and entry-level jobs. You may be among those students who get hired even before they graduate. A course called Career Readiness, which will help you think through success strategies after you collect your diploma, will cap your time at Biola.
Biola students of news have completed internships with metropolitan newspapers, including publications in Washington, D.C. and New York; they have interned and joined full-time staff in news departments of regional broadcast affiliates; they’ve joined the press offices of regional and national political figures, sports teams, and such national ministry organizations as the Southern Baptist Convention. News operations near Biola in Los Angeles and Orange Counties provide excellent training and educational experiences for Biola students.
News journalism study doesn’t just happen in Biola’s classrooms. It happens in special events like the annual Biola Journalism Conference, journalist-in-residence workshops, special topic seminars (like sports journalism and in-depth broadcast photojournalism) and documentary photo trips to other countries. Biola hosts a periodic course in national journalism that takes students through New York City’s media districts and through the top news and media centers of Washington, D.C.
Not all Biola journalism students with a news emphasis end up in news careers. Some use their news insights to guide their graduate studies in a specialty within journalism (such as photojournalism, media management, or business news). Students with a journalism major also pursue law school (sometimes as a means of better covering legal affairs or criminal justice in national media), practical ministry communications or media approaches to overseas missions.