There are many reasons for studying writing and publishing at Biola:
Biola's liberal arts foundation provides you, as a journalism/writing and publishing 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. In our writing and publishing concentration you will learn:
- about the biblical mandate for news reporting.
- where news, as a concept, came from in this country and why it’s a constitutionally protected freedom.
- 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.
- how to find news -- the kind that matters to publishers.
- how to report, write, edit and illustrate news with photos and graphics on a page.
- 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.
- 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. Our hope it that you will be among those students who get hired even before they graduate.
- and be prepared in our Career Readiness course to help you think through success strategies after you collect your diploma,
In addition to what you will learn through this concentration, you will be urged to become fluent in another language and take a summer or semester to study or practice journalism in a culture that further stretches you as a person and as a professional, perhaps in another country.
You will have many opportunities for hands-on experience:
News operations near Biola in Los Angeles and Orange Counties provide excellent training and educational experiences for Biola students. Our journalism/writing publishing students have:
- completed internships with metropolitan newspapers, including publications in Washington, D.C. and New York.
- interned and joined full-time staff in news departments of regional broadcast affiliates.
- joined the press offices of regional and national political figures, of sports teams, and such national ministry organizations as the Southern Baptist Convention.
You will participate in and learn outside the classroom through special events like:
- Biola's annual Media Conference
- journalist-in-residence workshops
- special topic seminars -- like sports journalism and in-depth broadcast photojournalism
- documentary photo trips to other countries
- 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.