Journalism Emphasis

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Journalism at Dordt

Be challenged. Be changed.

 

You can put this on record, “our journalism program is top of the charts.”

Journalism is a timeless career, it serves the public by way of communicating news truthfully and accurately. Dordt's journalism program prepares you for the vigorous world of media from a Christian perspective. Enter the digital frontier, become an expert on digital news reporting and online media relations. Make a difference by caring for the story behind the headline. Train your mind to spot the best story. 

Take out your notepads and pens (or maybe your laptop), as your classwork requires lots of critical writing and deadlines. These communication courses focus on how to tell good stories and appreciate and understand the art of the career. You'll learn journalism from Lee Pitts, Dordt’s journalism professor, who has 15 years of journalism experience, including 7 months as a reporter in the Iraq War and 10 years covering politics in Washington, D.C.

Opportunities

  • Report and write stories for our student-run newspaper, the Dordt Diamond
  • Attend World Journalism Institute (WJI) courses in the summer, hosted on Dordt's campus since 2017
  • Study off-campus via the New York Journalism Semester
  • Work for the Dordt Media Network, providing multi-camera Live Stream broadcasts and short format videos such as athletic game highlights.
  • Join the communication club and go on their annual spring trip to places like Minneapolis and Omaha

Participate in an internship for media outlets including: 

  • KTIV News 4 in Sioux City, Iowa (broadcast)
  • The Sioux Center News (newspaper)
  • The Northwest Iowa Review (newspaper)

Explore the world of journalism via field trips to:

  • Des Moines—the Des Moines Register
  • Minneapolis—the Star Tribune
  • Kansas City
  • Sioux Falls

Course options include:

  • Advanced Reporting and Writing for the Public Media
  • Beat Reporting
  • TV and Radio Broadcast Production