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Communication Arts: Journalism

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Communication Arts: Journalism at a glance

North Central’s Communication Arts: Journalism major will prepare you with the skills, knowledge, and practical training you need to pursue a career as a journalist or writer. Along with the technical skills of journalism and digital media you’ll gain through hands-on experience both on and off campus—including interviewing, reporting, and news writing—you’ll grow in your understanding of ethics in journalism and a broad range of communication theories. In the process, you’ll learn to integrate your Christian faith and your career. Learn more about a journalism major below!

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Learn professional communication skills and gain real-world experience.

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Get real-world experience and hands-on training

The journalism major program will prepare you with the professional communication skills and real-world experience you need for success after you graduate. You’ll take courses in journalism, communication studies, digital media, and the business side of communication so you’ll be prepared for careers in a variety of organizations and settings.

Plus, our unique location in the heart of downtown Minneapolis means you’ll have opportunities to intern at a host of local news organizations, publishers, creative agencies, non-profits and businesses. Internships present new challenges and learning experiences as you prepare for your career after graduation and get one step closer to living out your calling.

You’ll be supported, mentored, and coached by your advising professor throughout your internship and have opportunities to reflect on the process. This will give you insights into your passions and God-given talents, and help you pursue a fulfilling career path. Plus, when you finish your internship you’ll have an impressive portfolio, experience to add to your resume, and a network of professionals in the industry who can recommend you—or hire you!

Here are some internship possibilities:

  • The StarTribune
  • Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine
  • PR BusinessWire
  • MinnPost
  • Pioneer Press
  • The Journal
  • MinnPost
  • The Minnesota’s Women’s Press
  • Bellwether Media Inc.
  • Coffee House Press
  • The Christian Examiner
  • Lerner Publications
  • Milkweed Editions
  • Minneapolis / St. Paul Business News
  • Clear Channel
  • Public Radio International
  • WCCO
  • KFAN
  • Game Informer
  • Xcel Energy
  • American Refugee Committee
The Northerner is North Central's student newspaper.
The Northerner

Produce and design content for our student media organization.

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Practice your journalism skills

The Northerner, North Central’s student media organization, exists to report relevant campus news, to give our students a forum in which to discuss current events, and to provide you with an opportunity to gain professional-level skills in writing, interviewing and editing, as well as print and web design.

As a journalism student, you’ll be able to work for the publication as a reporter, writer, columnist, editor, designer, photographer, or in several additional roles. You’ll develop your skills and learn the tricks of the trade as you practice being a professional journalist.

The Northerner is an online interactive publication, so you’ll also gain skills that are applicable to the always growing global trend in communications and convergent media. The dual online and print format offers opportunities for students to showcase their talents in photography, audio, video, and print. In addition, the site offers an RSS feed and socially bookmarks every story students publish, allowing for a much broader audience. A digital paper version of The Northerner newspaper embedded on the site also allows people to page through a virtual copy of the latest issue with all of the color photography and layout intact.

Check out the latest issue!

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DOXA Film Festival

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Bring compelling stories to light

Doxa, the Greek word for “glory,” is the annual student documentary film festival at North Central University. The festival provides a forum for NCU student filmmakers to showcase and be rewarded for documentary filmmaking that features unique narratives demonstrating God’s glory in life and mission. Doxa is unique among universities and colleges in emphasizing the documentary short-subject format. The festival is a juried event and three awards are given out each year to recognize the top filmmakers.

The annual festival event provides a forum for student filmmakers to develop, discuss and display their vision, as well as provides a venue for the university community and church at large to engage with the storytelling power of the documentary film medium.

  • Skills you’ll gain

    When you graduate from the Communication Arts: Journalism program, you’ll be prepared to:

    • Understand a broad range of communication theories, digital media technology, rhetoric, global context, and business communication
    • Execute the technical aspects of journalism, including interviewing, reporting, news writing, writing for digital media, copyediting, layout and design, web design, photography, and public speaking
    • Integrate your Christian faith and your career as a journalist or communications professional
    • Practice ethical journalism or public relations, both in practice and in a leadership context
  • Careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers. Here are some possibilities:

    • Journalist
    • Magazine writer
    • Digital content marketer
    • Magazine editor or publisher
    • Web communications specialist
    • Sports writer
    • Public relations
    • Editor
    • Freelance writer
    • Corporate communications
    • Public affairs
    • Political communications
    • Broadcast journalist
    • Community relations
    • Advertising copywriter
    • Technical writer
  • Tracks

    Selecting a track will help you focus your education and specialize in a field.

    • Journalism
    • Public Relations and Business Communication
    • Technical Writing
  • Minors & supporting programs

    We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:

    • Business Administration
    • Media Production
    • Public Relations and Advertising
    • English: Creative Writing
    • History
    • Intercultural Studies
    • International Development
    • Latin American Studies
    • Middle Eastern Studies
    • Pre-law
    • Sociology
    • Urban Studies

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

Journalism alum Erica Wenig.
Research Assistant, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Erica Wenig '12
Washington D.C.

"My positive experience learning Arabic at North Central is what led me to pursue a graduate degree in Arabic, which I later completed at the University of Edinburgh. I really benefited from the one-on-one mentoring from professors. I appreciated that they were available and easy to approach for questions, concerns, or career advice."

Requirements

All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Communication Arts: Journalism degree.

Meet one of your professors

Faculty Member Jonathan Heidi.

Contact

jkheide@northcentral.edu
612.343.4727
Kingsriter Center #20

Jonathon Heide

Assistant Professor, Communication Arts: Journalism

After working in both the technical communications industry and the journalism field, I’m excited to teach students in writing and digital media skills. In a world reliant on well-designed, quick, and accurate communication, it’s hard to find another field with more relevance. My desire is to see students hone their journalistic craft to serve others with the power of the story.

What are your areas of expertise?

My graduate work in the technical communication field involved researching effective methods of environment risk communication. I’m a member of both the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and the International Society of Arboriculture. In the past, I’ve been an assistant editor at a national publication, worked as a technical writer for web development, and published works as a freelance writer in places such as Christianity Today, Ministries Today, Charisma, Relevant, Duluth News-Tribune, and Mankato Free Press, among others.

What do you love about teaching at North Central?

Our campus fosters the unification of faith and learning in all fields. I love being at the intersection of storytelling and faith. I’m also thrilled to be teaching in Elliot Park, a downtown neighborhood unique for its cultural diversity and strong community organization. I enjoy encouraging students to find and report great stories within our neighborhood.

What are your favorite classes to teach?

Introduction to Digital Media Production, Layout and Design, Feature Writing, Technical Writing