Journalism is at its most dynamic when it’s done with the use of images as well as the written word -- a strong image can capture attention and convey a message like nothing else. What’s more, images have the power to transcend language and speak across boundaries. By concentrating in visual media at Biola, you will be prepared to document the world around you in unique ways as a visual journalist.
Visual media journalists must be prepared to blend traditional techniques – still camera work and print media – with new expressions such as blogging, podcasting and digital visual documentaries. As a Biola visual media student, you will develop the artistic, technical and business skills needed to harness the power of images and succeed as a visual journalist and gain experience using many media platforms.
Biola will prepare you to function as a journalist – a visual media journalist. You will be challenged to communicate the stories in our world in a visual way. Whether you do so with still images, moving images or the design of a publication or website, you will be communicating the message of a story. That story may take the form of a news article, a magazine profile, environmental portraits, product images, a PR campaign, a brochure or newsletter design, a print layout, or an organization's web design -- the visual media expression possibilities are endless. Yourcoursework at Biola, your practicum and your internship will provide practice for telling your stories through your lens.
Like all Biola journalism students, you will learn about current trends in mass media, laws governing the way you go about your craft, ethical challenges you are likely to face on the job and how you can bring glory to God by excelling at what you do. The electives you choose will give you extended, specialized experience in publication and web design, broadcast journalism, specialty photography, TV and film production, and other interesting areas of visual media.
With several student-run media outlets on campus, you will constantly have opportunities to hone your skills, whether it’s becoming a staff photographer for The Chimes newspaper, creating visuals for The Point magazine or working with the news program EagleVision. These practical learning experiences will give you valuable knowledge about the inner workings of media outlets like the ones you will join after graduation.
The cross-cultural media concentration gives journalism students the specific skills, training, sensitivities and language preparation needed to interact with and understand people from various cultures — advantageous for those who plan to work as internationally or in culturally diverse settings.