Journalism Careers

Goshen College Alumni

Here is a sampling of current positions held by alumni:

  • Assistant Editor
  • Editorial Director
  • Copy Editor
  • Afternoon Radio Personality
  • Pastor
  • Attorney
  • Business Reporter
  • Voluntary Service Worker
  • Grants Writer
  • Integrated Communications Manager

  • News Director
  • Photographer
  • Assistant Professor
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Special Projects Producer
  • Web Designer/Coordinator
  • Literacy Coach
  • Teacher
  • Features Editor

Overview

According to the Society of Professional Journalists,

“To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.”

About the Coursework

Communication students at Goshen College have numerous opportunities to apply their classroom learning and to test their vocational interests. Students can develop leadership skills in journalism through participation in both the Maple Leaf and the Record. Student journalism organizations are based in a Communication Center with a full-service newsroom and suite of offices.

Possible courses include:

  • Feature Writing
  • Photo Communication
  • Writing for Media
  • Women in Text and Image
  • Communication and Society
  • Reporting for the Public Good
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Writing Creative Nonfiction

For a full list of requirements and courses, refer to the course catalog.

Teacher certification is available for grades 5-12 in journalism education. See the education department’s web page for more information.

Possible Career Paths

The possible career choices are broad for every major and journalism alumni work successfully in many different careers. The list below will provide you with several career options, but it is not exhaustive. Please note that some positions require additional education.

  • Advertising Director
  • Author
  • Biographer
  • Blogger
  • Book/Drama Critic
  • Circulation Librarian
  • Columnist
  • Communications Director
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Correspondent
  • Copy Editor
  • Crisis Communication Specialist
  • Editor
  • Editorial Researcher
  • Film Editor
  • Freelance Writer
  • Investigative Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Literacy Coordinator
  • Lobbyist

  • Magazine Editor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Planner
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • News Director
  • Novelist
  • Page Designer
  • Photo Editor
  • Photojournalist
  • Reporter
  • Press Secretary
  • Producer
  • Production Assistant
  • Public Information Officer
  • Publisher
  • Research Assistant
  • Speech Writer
  • Sports Editor
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer
  • Television/Film Producer

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