The Program

The Journalism Program offers a variety of classroom and practical experiences in print and broadcast journalism. Students are introduced to emerging as well as traditional approaches to news coverage, with an emphasis on understanding the important role journalists have in public life. The study of journalism at Earlham is shaped by the idea that journalism is public work and that responsible, credible news reporting is essential to our democratic way of life.

The two core courses provide an introduction to journalistic reporting writing, editing and news presentation. Hands-on experience is central. Additional classes offer opportunities to learn photography, to explore more creative forms of writing and to receive credit for work in the student-run news media — the weekly hard-copy of The Earlham Word, the Web site and WECI-FM news.

Students work in internships with professional news organizations in Indiana and throughout the world. Internships can be arranged independently by students or through the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New York Arts or Philadelphia programs. Students also have participated in a variety of special topics courses and research projects.

Graduates who minored in Journalism have gone on to work in the professional news media and to graduate school. The Ackerman-Nicholson fellowship that supports graduate study in journalism or public affairs is available only to Earlham graduates.

General Education Requirements

The Program offers four courses that fulfill the Applied component of The Arts Requirement, JNLM 235, 301, 321 and 335; and one Writing Intensive course, JNLM 321.

The Minor

The Journalism Minor is designed to complement a student's depth of knowledge in a major field of study. For students interested in Journalism careers, common majors include Politics, Sociology/Anthropology, Peace and Global Studies, Human Development and Social Relations, and English. Students who plan on careers in other fields will find that the Journalism Program can help them hone their writing and interviewing skills, understand how to deal effectively with the media, and create publications or other materials for use in either public or in-house presentations.

Students minoring in Journalism must complete:

  • JNLM 235 Photography
  • JNLM 301 Journalism I: News Reporting and Writing
  • JNLM 303 Journalism II: Introduction to News Presentation
  • JNLM 321 Creative Writing
  • Work on the staff of The Earlham Word, other campus publications or WECI news radio for three semesters
  • An internship with a professional news organization or a substantial independent research or creative project

* Key

Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AP) = Arts - Applied
  • (A-TH) = Arts - Theoretical/Historical
  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (ES) = Earlham Seminar
  • (IE) = Immersive Experience
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (SI) = Scientific Inquiry
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

Allows students to earn academic credit for work on The Earlham Word weekly newspaper or the news staff of WECI, 91.5 FM, both student-run. Campus journalists are expected to uphold professional standards. Most Word staff members write for the newspaper; jobs also available for those with special skills, such as photographers, editors, page designers and artists. WECI journalism students write news for the radio.

*JNLM 235 PHOTOGRAPHY I (3 credits)
Students learn camera operation, experimenting with the ways different shutter speeds and apertures change a photograph, and how to develop film and print their own photographs in a chemical darkroom, while exploring the aesthetic results of their choices. Introduces the history of photography and fundamentals of art criticism. Explores the creative use of photography as a means of personal expression through a variety of projects. Many opportunities to address the class about students' own photographs and to participate in lively group discussions on the work of others. Also listed as ART 235. (A-AP)

An introduction to journalism that helps students establish and refine habits of regular news consumption and critique. Explores why journalism is essential to democracy. Practice on three main reporting techniques — observation, interview and document interpretation — and basic news writing. Final class project published online. Also listed as ENG 301. (A-AP)

A hands-on introduction to the presentation of news in print and online. Introduces skills of copyediting, digital darkroom techniques, publication design and editorial decision-making.

An introduction to creative writing and the writing workshop process, focusing on the genres of poetry and short fiction but also occasionally exploring other genres (such as playwriting or creative non-fiction). Includes intensive writing and discussion of the craft and process of writing. Prerequisite: An Earlham Seminar, an Interpretive Practices course or consent of the instructor. Also listed as ENG 321. (A-AP, WI)

JNLM 330 CHINA AND THE NEWS (4 credits)
It seems that a day doesn't go by without a significant story about China appearing in a major news source.  How China presents itself to the world via its media, and how the rest of the world frames and receives this presentation, raises questions of ethics and integrity in the media and cross-cultural communication.  Using a variety of texts and digital resources including blogs and film documentaries, this course will explore both the form and the content of Chinese news media. Also listed as INST 330.

*JNLM 335 PHOTOGRAPHY II (3 credits)
Advances skills gained in Photography I, with an increased emphasis on conceptual issues and aesthetic content, art theory and art criticism, and how one enters "the art world." One segment combines the best of the old and the new as students learn an historic, non-silver process by coating their own paper to make blue and white cyanotypes or Van Dyke browns with enlarged negatives created digitally with a scanner and Photoshop. Prerequisite: ART 235. Also listed as ART 335. (A-AP)

Topics vary according to the interests of the faculty.

Collaborative research with faculty funded by the Ford/Knight Program.

JNLM 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Investigation of a specific topic conceived and planned by the student in consultation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a comprehensive report.

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