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.

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Graduate Outcomes

Areena Arora ’17

After graduating in 2017 as a journalism and economics double-major, Areena Arora spent a year working as a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune. She then returned to India and was hired as a News Publishing Specialist for Reuters, where she is part of a team that covers money, politics, and general news. “My job is to package news hitting the wire for our various products,” Areena says, which includes copyediting, rewriting and updating information, and adding visual elements. “And, most importantly,” she adds, “prioritizing the right news. At the very basic level, my job is about news judgment.” At OWU, Areena’s involvement included working for The Transcript student newspaper, serving on the economics department student board, and participating in student government.

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Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3555
F 740-368-3553
E journal@owu.edu

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Chair: Paul Kostyu
740-368-3517
pekostyu@owu.edu

Academic Secretary: Joette Kugler
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