Ohio Wesleyan has a rich history in training many of the nation’s premier journalists. OWU graduates have won Pulitzer Prizes and Emmy Awards, have led top newspapers and agencies, and have covered the major news stories of our time.
About the major
Journalism majors practice their skills from the first course onward, guided by faculty with strong academic training as well as extensive professional experience. They learn by doing as reporters and editors for The Transcript, the oldest independent student newspaper in the United States; as broadcasters and producers for OWU Radio, a student-run radio station; and through a number of off-campus internship opportunities for businesses specializing in print, broadcast and online news media.
But the heart of the program consists of closely directed work in writing and acquiring the research and interviewing skills of the best reporters working today. Reporting, writing and rewriting—that's what journalists do on the job. And that's what budding journalists practice extensively in our courses. You will discover, as the countless journalists have discovered before you, the power of the written word is the key to success in this field.
Moreover, strong reporters and communicators are in demand in all areas of the journalism industry. Our graduates have won Pulitzer Prizes, local and national Emmys, the Edward R. Murrow Award, Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists and other prestigious awards.
Build your experience and connections to the professional world with internships from New York to San Francisco. OWU journalism faculty and alumni use their networks in the field to help many students secure opportunities for experience.
For-credit internships are available with local, regional and national publications, as well as radio and television stations. Ohio Wesleyan’s Office of University Communications also offers internships.
Many journalism students also study abroad in various parts of the world. Whether it's joining the New York Arts Program or receiving a University-funded Theory-to-Practice grant, students can take their education into their own hands.
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Writing Resource Center
The Writing Resource Center provides tutorial instruction, writing practice and evaluation and criticism. There also are writing tutor internship positions available for class credit.
Lectures & Conferences
Several journalism students have attended the Ohio State Bar Association/Society of Professional Journalists Media Law Conference in Columbus, where they learn about contemporary issues regarding the news media. They also focus on legal issues associated with investigative reporting and student media on university campuses.