Journalism at Messiah College
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. You're also strongly urged to take a minor 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, media, public relations, marketing, missions, or for graduate school.
Journalism major distinctives
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.
- 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.
Career options for journalism majors
As a graduate of the journalism program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Social media editor
- Media specialist
- Copy editor
- Editorial researcher
- Sports reporter
- Web producer
Internship opportunities for journalism majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of journalism internships. A few examples include:
- Television, radio and video production
- WHTM-TV (abc affiliate)
- Pennsylvania's "Big 33 Football" program
- Carlisle Productions
Learn more about the Department of Communication
Numerous internships available locally in public relations, media production, media management, marketing, journalism and film.
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.
Professional equipment, including broadcast quality microphones, digital audio recorder, HD cinema and DLSR cameras and 16mm Motion Picture Cameras.
Brand new instructional facilities which include digital editing labs, large studio space, fully equipped control room, green room, soundproof booth and foley studio.
Access to Parmer Cinema, which features state-of-the-art projection equipment and review-room quality surround sound.
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.