Journalism (B.A.)

Journalism Major

School of the Humanities

Department of Communication

The study of journalism at Messiah College reaches across multimedia platforms, including both new media and traditional media such as online media, television, radio and newspaper/magazine, and reflects the fast-paced changes occurring in this field today.

As a journalism major at Messiah College, you’ll develop the creative and critical thinking skills in high demand by many of today's employers. Taking a minor is also required to help apply your growing journalistic skills to a particular area of expertise, such as environmental science, economics, politics, religion, urban studies and more! 

You'll gain practical experience through required participation in The Pulse: Messiah College Media Hub where all student-run media on campus (newspaper, yearbook, television and radio station) are integrated into a multimedia lab environment which simulates the changing and converging landscape of contemporary journalism.

At Messiah, you’ll explore the often-complex nature of contemporary media, while being encouraged to think and act responsibly about the relationship between Christian faith and journalistic practices. Additional hands-on experiences such as work-study programs, internships, interacting with visiting writers and engaging in classroom discussions will fully prepare you for an exciting career in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, marketing, missions, or for graduate school. 

As a journalism major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

  • Write and/or edit for our award-winning student newspaper,The Swinging Bridge, or The Clarion, our yearbook — each integrated into the multimedia lab.
  • Complete one year as an editor or a section editor of our student newspaper.
  • Gain valuable work experience as a tutor in our writing center.
  • Pursue an individualized honors program with a faculty member.
  • Intern with local electronic media outlets such as The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The York Daily Record, WHTM-TV27 (local ABC affiliate) and others. 

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Gain practical exerience participating in The Pulse: Messiah College Media Hub which equips students to gather and craft news across a variety of multimedia platforms.

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Numerous internships available locally in public relations, broadcasting, marketing, journalism and film.
Instructional facilities include Parmer Cinema, which features state-of-the-art projection equipment and review-room quality surround sound. 
Messiah's student newspaper, yearbook, television and radio station have been brought together into a multimedia setting- The Pulse: Messiah College Media Hub addresses the changing landscape of the journalism field.
Digital editing labs
Professional equipment and space, including broadcast quality microphones, digital audio recorder, HD cinema and DLSR camera, a soundproof booth and green screen studio.
Study with a professor who is also a part-time sports anchor; one who regularly publishes and present research through the Society for Cinema and Media Scholars; or another who has served as a communication consultant.