Welcome to Journalism at Biola!
You're in the right place if you care about written or broadcast news, public relations or the visual side of the journalism you read, watch or click through on your computer.
Biola students don't just take exams about journalism. They do it — from their earliest semesters. Some enter our department after years of practice in journalism through their high school media. Biola journalism students start out with three semesters of practicum, courses that put their hands on the gathering of news, formulation of public relations ideas and event-planning, construction of a slick-page magazine, or deadline production on radio or television telecasts. These practical courses give them a foundation for choosing one of our four concentrations: print journalism, TV journalism, public relations or visual journalism. Practicum courses also prepare our students for cutting-edge internships.
At Biola you can learn to write in ways that compel people to read. You can learn why visuals in journalism are an international language that we can't live without — whether on a video screen or on a well-designed page. You can also learn how news and public relations feed off each other in good ways. You'll learn the origins of journalism in this nation, and you'll grapple with the kinds of ethical dilemmas that challenge your sense of what's right and wrong. Some decisions journalists and public relations experts face leave them with only painful options. God, you'll learn at Biola, is in the habit of meeting us in those hard times.
God and His Word are a big part of your journalism study at Biola. It's not a combination that cheapens your experience. If you take it seriously, it can enhance it. That's because journalism is about hope. And without God in the picture, journalism and public relations can become dark, cynical endeavors. Not many schools in the U.S. that offer the journalism major talk about God's place in your life and in your approach to news reporting, visual stories or nuts-and-bolts public relations. We do, because there's a precedent for excellence in that kind of journalism and public relations in this country.
At Biola, we believe journalism and public relations that tell the truth need not leave readers, viewers or listeners in despair. It might make them angry — angry enough to seek change for those in need. But journalism that honors God tends to bring hope. God shows up everywhere, because He is everywhere. No others are more equipped to point Him out than journalists and media professionals who see Him with eyes that have come to know Him well.
Journalism preparation at Biola will stretch you, but it can also make you stronger in your resolve to serve Him through it.
Join us if you want to make a difference for Christ through your writing, your visuals or your skills with people and the communication that helps them work together.
Dr. Michael A. Longinow
Professor of Journalism
Chair, Department of Journalism