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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.

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.

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 like:

  • 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 printvideo, and photography using the latest in storytelling platforms and social media to build personal portfolios that position them for competitive internships and jobs.

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.

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 groundbreaking 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.

Off-Campus Study

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.

Internships

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

0+ students have participated in England Term since its inception in 1979

100 hours spent by each student in classrooms before student teaching

Upcoming Events

NOV 9 2017

Involving Yourself in the Publishing Process

11:15 a.m. BU Library Fireside Lounge

Celebrate the publication of Dr. Phyllis Alsdurf's newest book and discuss the process.

Student Media

The "Coeval" Undergraduate Literary and Art Magazine

The Coeval, meaning "of the same age," is Bethel's undergraduate literary and art magazine. Published each semester, the Coeval is edited by students and advised by the English department. See the archive of Coeval issues in the Digital Library

Royal Report

The Royal Report is the outlet for our Journalism students exploring writing, photography, and video content. The Medium site features students' story assignments and captivating images. The Royal Report Youtube channel features short vignettes and stories that provide a deeper look into the people and issues at Bethel. 

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