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Journalism at DePauw

DePauw University boasts a long and storied journalism tradition built on the foundation of a strong commitment to the Liberal Arts which we believe is the best preparation for aspiring professional journalists.

The Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media is home to the three primary student media outlets: 

The DePauw Newspaper The DePauw  and thedepauw.com - Indiana’s oldest college newspaper and founding chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 1909
WGRE FM Radio WGRE - the first 10-watt educational FM radio station licensed by the Federal Communication Commission in 1949
D3TV D3TV - an internet-distributed campus television station

Each of these award-winning outlets has a strong and ongoing commitment to journalism, is open to any student at DePauw regardless of major, and provides students with real-world experiential learning opportunities under the direction of a faculty advisor.

While DePauw does not have a Journalism Department or a stand-alone major in journalism, the successes of our alumni over 165 years prove that our journalism coursework is successful. It consists of coursework, internships, student media experiences, and an extensive alumni network of professional journalists around the world.

COURSEWORK:

ENG 232: News Writing and Editing - An introduction to the art and craft of writing for newspapers, including story structure, research techniques, interviewing, note taking, ethics, libel and AP Style. Students will hone their writing and reporting skills by covering campus events, writing stories on deadline and following national and local media coverage.
ENG 321: Creative Writing II: Nonfiction Workshop - This course will focus on the art and craft of nonfiction with special attention to giving nonfiction the immediacy and liveliness of fiction. Forms explored may include profiles, travel writing, personal essays, reviews, memoir, nature writing or literary nonfiction. Prerequisite: ENG 149.
ENG 331: Advanced Reporting Workshop - An upper-level reporting class for students who have taken News Writing and Editing or have written for a student publication. Students will analyze and discuss long-form, investigative journalism and write a series of in-depth news features. The course will address how to incorporate literary techniques in news writing.
ENG 332: Advanced Reporting Topics - An upper-level reporting class for students who have taken News Writing and Editing or have written for a student publication. Students will study forms of journalistic writing and pursue longform stories. Offerings might include feature writing, profiles, investigative journalism, magazine feature writing, or reviews and criticism.
COMM 235: Electronic Journalism - Critical analysis of the role of electronic news gathering and dissemination in modern society, including ethics and responsibilities. Study and practice in preparation, reporting and disseminating of news emphasizing documentary production, news analysis and public affairs reporting.
COMM 236: Television Production and Televisual Literacy - An introduction to the basic concepts and processes of television production. Emphasis is placed on the creation and analysis of ideas communicated through the medium of television, including aesthetic, ethical and technical influences on message construction. Students learn studio and field production: basic scripting, lighting, audio, camera/picturization, editing, directing, etc. Televisual literacy is developed, and assignments apply the critical skills needed to interpret and analyze visual imagery and television programming.
COMM 335: Media Law - Inquiry into media law, including responsibility and free speech issues, libel, privacy, fair trial, copyright, obscenity, the FCC, shield laws, censorship, management and operating regulations, newsperson privileges, political communication and advertising regulation. An analysis of the political and economic forces affecting the development of media law.
COMM 291/COMM 401: Special Topics in Communication - Recent journalism topics have included “Multimedia Journalism,” “Digital Storytelling,” “Histories of the American Press,” “Covering the 2016 Campaigns,” and “Washington and The Grassroots in the Post-election.”

INTERNSHIPS:

DePauw offers a wide range of internship opportunities for students interested in journalism. These internships can take many forms: summer, semester-long, or short three-week internships during our “Winter Term.” Internships are procured by working with the staff of the Hubbard Center for Student Engagement, media advisors at the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media, and the Media Fellows program.

Our students have interned at a range of locations across a variety of media platforms, including:

PRINT/ONLINE:

The New York Times

The Los Angeles Times

The Oregonian

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Indianapolis Star

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

TELEVISION:

The Today Show

CBS News

60 Minutes

Fox News

CNBC

C-SPAN

KPRC-2 (NBC Affiliate in Houston)

DIGITAL:

The Media Wire (Jerusalem)

D.C. Witness (Washington, D.C.)

The Daily Caller

ON-CAMPUS STUDENT MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

DePauw boasts a robust student media tradition, extending back to 1852 with the establishment of the student newspaper, Asbury Notes (later renamed the DePauw). That legacy continues unbroken to this day with four award-winning media outlets operating out of the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media and the English department. In keeping with our beliefs that the liberal arts is a perfect training ground for journalists, the student media outlets are open to every student at DePauw, regardless of major.

The DePauw is published both digitally (www.thedepauw.com) and in print. The DePauw is Indiana’s oldest college newspaper and founding chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (established in 1909). The newspaper operates as an independent media outlet funded by advertising, subscriptions, and and endowed fund from the Dow Jones News Fund.

The Midwestern Review is produced entirely by students. Started in 1988, it features the best works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, criticism, and photography by DePauw students.

WGRE is a broadcast and internet-distributed radio station (www.wgre.org). WGRE’s history extends back to 1948 as the first 10-watt educational radio station licensed by the Federal Communication Commission. WGRE reports daily national and local news, and covers local politics through weekly shows such as “State of the Castle” and “DePolitics.” WGRE also has a storied tradition of sports reporting.

Eye on the World is DePauw's biannual travel magazine, featuring short essays and photography by students who have studied abroad or participated in other off-campus learning experiences. It's the way students bring these experience home, share them with the campus, and inspire others to follow their own paths into the world.

D3TV is an internet-distributed campus television station (www.d3tv.org) established in 1995. D3TV is the home of “The Source,” a weekly news program covering campus and the Greencastle community. D3TV also hosts a weekly sports roundup, “Tiger Sports Nation,” and a weekly interview show - “Tuesday Talks” -  offering in-depth coverage of campus issues.

ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS:

The legacy of journalism at DePauw runs deep. The long list of notable alumni includes foundational figures in the industry, award-winning writers and editors, and nationally recognized broadcasters.

Joh Fortt

Jon Fortt ‘98 - Squawk Alley Co-anchor, CNBC

“DePauw is an ideal laboratory for student journalists. Whether it’s the greek system and the evolving social climate, the challenge and promise of diversity, or the rush of new ideas from visiting speakers, I found there’s plenty to cover. Plus, as a student I got access to storytelling tools at the PCCM – and that hands-on experience is every bit as vital today.”
Meg Kissinger

Meg Kissinger ‘79 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Columbia School of Journalism

“My four years at DePauw were like a spa for the soul: I got to luxuriate in Spinoza, Saul Bellow, Mary Cassatt and Mozart. I learned the art of conjugating a German verb, the difference between a nimbus and a cumulus cloud and all five of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s stages of grief. What does this have to do with being an investigative reporter? Everything. If you are curious about the world, you can help other people try to understand, too.”
 Ben Solomon '10

Ben Solomon “10 - Multimedia Journalist, The New York Times

“So much of what makes DePauw great is its flexibility. It allowed me to study abroad and to work in broadcasting and newspaper journalism around the world. It was flexible enough to let me film and edit my first documentary as my senior project. It was even flexible enough to help me get my first job out of college at The New York Times. I think education is about making compromises for what each student needs. Big schools could never offer the access to instructors, the unquestionable support and the amazing alumni network that DePauw has. The ability to open up paths for students to succeed is really special and I think vastly underrated.”