College of Arts and Sciences

Journalism Opportunities & Resources

Why Journalism?

Kennedy assassination front page headlineConsider journalism as a career and enjoy a lifetime of new possibilities with you as writer, editor, advertising copywriter or designer, public relations expert, speech writer, novelist and teacher. Entry level salaries for this major average $20,000.

"By taking photography, I broadened my experiences in the field and became a well-rounded journalist," said Matt Bair, B.A. '94, public relations at the Young Women's Christian Association (YMCA). "I was taught by practicing professionals, and the classes offered a way to get noticed and network for a job."

While the journalism program at IPFW can't assure you of a job in the field, it can set you on the path to a life of creative endeavor that only your own imagination can limit. The program offers the beginning courses which will further your own interests and abilities in the field, and courses are taught by practicing journalists and professionals from the various disciplines of journalism.

The journalism program at IPFW is part of the Indiana University School of Journalism, internationally known for its excellence in journalism education. Journalism at IPFW offers the foundation for transfer to Bloomington or Indianapolis (IUPUI), and the program coordinator helps you plan your program so that you will be prepared.

Kari Steffen, a former IPFW student, was not actually a journalism minor, but she did take all the required courses to receive the minor, except for J300. She was an English major, with an English and communication media concentration.

"I enjoyed studying English literature and writing, but wanted to do something practical after graduating."

While at IPFW, she served as an intern at the Allen County Times, a small weekly newspaper based in New Haven. She also got some experience working at The Journal Gazette by taking an advanced photojournalism class with Cathie Rowand who works there.

"She helped me get a job there after I graduated in May 1997. At first I did obituaries, then slowly began writing stories. Eventually I became a full-time Metro reporter, and covered general assignment and some education stories."

Since then Kari has left The Journal Gazette and now works here at IPFW as a copyeditor. For a while, though, she continued to freelance for The Journal Gazette Features section. Also, Kari does freelance writing and editing for a local advertising agency.

To this end, scholarship forms and assistance in applying for significant scholarships are available. If you choose not to transfer, you can create at IPFW a program which will meet your individual needs. Possibilities include working toward the English and communication media degree option, a media and public communication degree, or an individually designed program through General Studies, or the individualized major program. The journalism courses you complete can be applied to a minor in journalism. Other possibilities exist, of course, and the journalism program coordinator can help you find the program you need.

Two Fort Wayne Press Club scholarships are available, and grants for individual writing projects are also given.

The courses taught at IPFW offer a two year foundation for journalism education. Fundamental courses are: Foundations of Journalism and Mass Communication; Writing for Mass Media; Visual communication; Communications Law; Introduction to Mass Communications; and Writing for Publication.

Other courses are offered and the coordinator works with students to serve as interns in the media community. For more information click to the home page and contact Ann Colbert, Program Coordinator. 

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