The journalism program offers both a major and a minor. At Bethel, we teach journalism with a purpose and sense of calling. Students are trained to integrate Christian principles as they tell stories of significance across multiple media platforms.
Nearly half of Bethel’s journalism majors also major in another interest area because journalism works well with almost any major and offers students many opportunities upon graduation. For example, a student majoring in pre-medicine and journalism can decide, at 22, whether to be a health reporter or go to med school. She would be positioned well for both.
Why should I study journalism?
Journalism is changing, but the need for talented storytellers is as strong now as it’s ever been. In the classroom you'll be challenged as you discover how to approach comfortable and uncomfortable topics, hone your skills in writing, and exploring new forms of media.
Outside the classroom, students can earn funded trips to national conferences, workshops featuring journalists from around the world, and off-campus internship opportunities.
Our graduates leave Bethel prepared to put their faith into action in a wide range of media jobs—working for daily and community newspapers, regional broadcast outlets, nonprofit organizations, social media companies, book and magazine publishers.
What can I do with this degree?
Employers appreciate Bethel journalism graduates for their ability to present solid stories in a variety of formats. Our graduates are reporters and editors at community newspapers across the Midwest, including:
- Iowa Press Citizen
- Stillwater Gazette
- Owatonna People’s Press
- Austin Daily Herald
- Isanti County News
- Pope Country Tribune
- Lillie Suburban Newspapers
Journalism alums also work in:
- Magazine publishing
- Book publishing
- Public relations
- Web-based communications
- Law and politics
- Corporate communications
- International photography
Our graduates go to top-ranked graduate schools in journalism, law, film studies, and other fields, studying at schools such as:
- University of California at Berkeley
- New York University Film Studies Program
- Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland
- Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
- George Washington University Law School
- University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication
What skills will I develop?In our classes and labs, students receive solid training in journalistic reporting, writing, and editing. They produce stories in print, video, and photography using the latest in storytelling platforms and social media to build personal portfolios that position them for competitive internships and jobs.
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
From the first reporting class to the most advanced seminar, you’ll hear from professional journalists and get real-life journalistic experience by reporting on important issues and submitting your stories for publication.
On-campus Journalism Assignments
Students jumpstart their portfolios with writing, photo, and video clips by working for The Clarion, Bethel’s award-winning student newsmagazine and website. Opportunities also exist to write, shoot images, shoot video, and execute social media for student government groups, the Bethel University Office of Marketing, and the university sports information office.
Johnson Center for Journalism and Communication
The Johnson Center brings some of the world’s finest journalists to campus to teach and inspire our students with special one-on-one workshops on topics such as international journalism, using social media, and reporting on religion, sports, and business. The Center also provides funding for classroom enhancements and conference travel for students.
In recent semesters, the Johnson Center has made it possible for Bethel journalism students to:
- work with Middle East freelance photographer Alex Potter '11 and National Geographic/New York Times freelance photographer Brian Lehmann;
- write stories for publication in area community newspapers under the direction of Press Publications editor and Bethel journalism alumna Alicia (Cordova) Chapman;
- conference on feature story packages with web editor Christa Hillstrom of YES! Magazine in Seattle and get published in her national magazine;
- travel to conferences to hear from ESPN baseball analyst Buster Olney and Jim Brady, formerly of the WashingtonPost.com.
- hear from ground-breaking female sports writer Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune
Recent campus visitors funded through the Johnson Center include Krista Tippett, host of the Peabody award-winning radio program “On Being”; Manny Garcia, managing editor of the Naples (Fla.) Daily News; and reporters from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Minnesota Public Radio. Even beginning reporters have Skype visits from reporters at publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, and the New York Times.
Students in Bethel’s journalism program have unique opportunities for off-campus study. They can:
- engage in international storytelling through study-abroad classes led by Bethel journalism faculty in locations such as Kenya, Ethiopia, India or Guatemala;
- land a top-ranked internship and enjoy a semester of journalism study in New York City through Bethel’s partnership with The King’s College.
Bethel journalism students have landed prized media internships with local news or nonprofit organizations, including:
- Press Publications community newspapers
- Lillie Suburban Newspapers
- Minnesota Public Radio
- Tiger Oak Publications
- MSP Publications
- The Minnesota Lynx
- The Minnesota Twins
- NorthStar Hoops
- 1500ESPN radio
- KFAN sports radio
- Augsburg-Fortress Publishers
- Mighty Media Press
- Books by the Bundle
- The Salvation Army
- Christians for Biblical Equality
- The Children’s Museum
- Women Venture
Each year promising journalism students can apply for a 10-week internship funded through the Johnson Center for Journalism and Communication. Students have served internships at major news organizations, including:
- Miami Herald
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
- St. Paul Pioneer Press
- Kansas City Star
- Christianity Today magazine