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For Immediate Release
December 17, 2015

Newsroom Gives IPFW Students Real-World Opportunities in Journalism

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—A student newsroom at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) created by the Department of Communication strives to help students publish original content and stories, giving them a real-world opportunity to prepare for a career in the field of journalism and furthering the department's mission of developing students’ skills “to achieve their professional and personal goals.”

Newsroom faculty advisor Daniel Tamul, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, wanted to create a student newsroom since coming to IPFW. Students in multimedia news gathering and reporting classes produce stories which they send to two student news editors. The editors then give them feedback on the story and may publish the story to the newsroom, giving the students highly sought after “clippings,” which they can use down the road when applying for jobs.

“This is a really good marketing tool for these students once they graduate,” Tamul said.

The newsroom, which has office space in the basement of Walb Student Union, publishes stories and content online at IPFWStudentMedia.com. The newsroom has been up and running since the beginning of fall semester.

“We are different from the standard news agency, as we do not give out assignments to our student reporters,” said Megan Mantica, senior communication major and one of the two student newsroom editors. “Instead they are required to find the topic, research/investigate the topic, report the topic, and then they develop the topic in their stories.”

Journalism students in Multimedia News Gathering and Reporting classes are required to publish two stories each semester and the newsroom has been critical to their success in class. Social media has also been crucial to the newsroom’s success. Stories are tweeted out once they are published, and the newsroom has received visitors from around the world.

“I hope that the newsroom becomes a portal for all IPFW news that the entire community can turn to for the latest updates and happenings,” says Samantha Whiting, who is also one of the newsroom editors. “I hope to see IPFW Student Media grow into a hub for all journalism students to network, get advice, and grow as writers.”

Tamul and the newsroom editors hope that the newsroom will continue to grow and give students additional opportunities, perhaps leading to a partnership with local media outlets where student work would be published.

“There are stories coming through our dashboard that are newsworthy to more than just IPFW, and the writing skills are improving,” said Mantica. “It would be neat to come up with some type of partnership to ‘show off’ the great work done by IPFW students.”

The newsroom has been busy as the fall semester comes to an end and student submissions increase.
 

“As long as staff and students can see what we do and appreciate the validity and relevancy of our stories, we will continue to grow,” said Whiting. “Our mission is to provide relevant and credible news to the IPFW community, and so far I think we have done a great job.”

For more information, contact Tamul at 260-481-5789 or tamuld@ipfw.edu. Visit the newsroom here.

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