Digital Journalism & Civic Engagement

The Digital Journalism & Civic Engagement Emphasis offers students a chance to learn writing, information gathering and reporting, formatting, editing, anchoring, and producing for both traditional digital and media platforms. Among the tools that students use to report live are technologies, such as Facebook©, Twitter© and Skype©. Students also study critical issues faced in today’s complex communications environment. “Hands-on” experience is emphasized in the digital journalism curriculum.

“Journalism has broadened my skills as a writer as well as my perspectives as an individual,” journalism major Liz Chance '11 said. “I am told that I am to be ‘the smartest person in the room,' and I have to rise to that challenge with each story I undertake.”

The pre-professional curriculum prepares students for careers in newspaper, magazine, sports, broadcast and online writing, reporting and editing.

Challenging courses teach students the importance of responsibility, professionalism and ethics that can be translated into any aspect of life. Students also gain hands-on experience in a variety of communication technologies.

“The degree will help you prepare for this career and the next,” assistant professor of journalism Marquita Smith said. “Good writing and communication skills can take you far.”

Communication majors at JBU receive the benefits of experienced teachers, smaller classes and real-working practicum.

The faculty includes award-winning journalists and scholars. With real-world experience, they challenge students to become critical thinkers in a rapidly changing world. 

Students are encouraged to work on the campus newspaper, The Threefold Advocate, and the companion web site, as well as help produce the University’s yearbook, The Nesher. These activities allow students to improve their skills and build relationships with classmates and faculty.

Most importantly, the JBU Digital Journalism program is built on biblical truths. Through writing and reporting, journalists have the power to be a light in the darkness.

“God created people to love others, seek truth and fight for justice,” Smith said. “Journalism and faith is a natural pairing.”