Journalism Minor

Study Journalism at George Fox, a top Christian college in the United States.

The journalism minor at George Fox addresses the seismic changes occurring in the field today, and explores the ongoing transition to new and emerging media. Classes are built upon the foundation of good journalistic principles: solid writing, thorough investigative reporting, accuracy and high ethical standards.

The minor will help students become stronger writers, passionate investigators, critical consumers of media and willing seekers of the truth. Courses are offered in broadcast and print journalism, design, Web-based media and editing.

Graduates will have the opportunity to influence the direction journalism takes in this time of media transition, and will be prepared to pursue careers in newspaper and magazine publication, broadcast journalism and editing, among other fields.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

As a journalism student, you will learn from professors who know you by name.

Employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those seeking employment as print and web reporters and editors will face a considerably more competitive job market.

  • Web editor, GRIT Magazine
  • Video Cutter, KATU
  • News Director, KPTV
  • Director of Communication, Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Marketing, Statesman-Journal
  • Writer, United Healthcare
  • Marketing, Painted Plate
  • Writer, Gresham Argus 
  • Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
  • Boise State University
  • University of Portland
  • Pepperdine University
  • Baylor University
  • Little, Brown Publishing House, New York City
  • Newberg Graphic sports intern, Newberg, Ore.
  • Baptist Press, Washington D.C.
  • Bleacher Report web sports news copy editing intern, San Francisco
  • The Washington Examiner op-ed intern, Washington D.C.
  • The Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore.
  • KPTV, Portland, Ore.
  • Georgetown (D.C.) Patch, intern reporter
  • City of Newberg
  • Oregon Bride Magazine, Portland, Ore. 
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Minor Requirements

21 credit hours

Complete the following:
An introduction to the language and the technical, creative, and aesthetic elements of the video production process. Course includes basic lighting, sound, camera operation, composition, and design of visual elements, producing, and directing through both classroom and supervised laboratory experiences.
A course designed to provide fundamental knowledge and experience in reporting, writing, and editing news for the print media. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the college writing competency, enrollment in the Honors Program, or instructor permission.
A workshop approach to writing feature articles and other shorter nonfiction forms for periodicals. Student-produced material is submitted to various publications as part of course expectations. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the college writing competency, enrollment in the Honors Program, or instructor permission.
Theory and practice in editing the moving image. Analysis of Hollywood and avant-garde styles of editing is followed by practice exercises illustrating each concept. Additional course fee required. Prerequisite: CINE 230 Introduction to Video Production or instructor's permission.
Students hone journalistic skills in areas such as interviewing techniques, cultivating sources, investigative reporting, and editing and layout. Prerequisite: JOUR/WRIT 230 Introduction to Journalism or instructor's permission.
Complete 6 hours from the following:
This course helps those who want to understand and to be able to explain to others what can be done to make writing correct, clear, and precise. Focuses on constructing, editing, and correcting sentences and paragraphs. This is not a remedial course.
Survey of the historical development of newspapers, magazines, broadcast media, and cinema. Analysis of the role(s) of mass media in shaping and altering opinion and values in contemporary culture.
This course explores trends in media convergence, focusing as well on the ways reporters, editors, and designers create stories for the web. Particular emphasis will be on web-based story design, the coordination of text and art, and the creation of stories for a variety of new media outlets. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the college writing competency, enrollment in the Honors Program, or instructor permission.
Considers the rights and responsibilities of print and broadcast journalists, and explores media law and ethics in light of the First Amendment and legal philosophy. Prerequisite: JOUR/WRIT 230 Introduction to Journalism
This course concentrates on live multicamera production of sporting, theatrical, and entertainment events. The course concentrates on producing and directing components, but also features setting up multicamera remote systems for video broadcast. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours total. Prerequisite: CINE 230 Introduction to Video Production or instructor's permission.
The documentary filmmaker must juggle a multitude of skills while maintaining a relationship with their subject in an ethical manner. Students will explore the historical, critical, and ethical aspects of the documentary while studying the steps taken during preproduction. Prerequisite: CINE 230 Intro to Video Production.
This course continues the documentary experience started in Documentary Production I. Students will apply their understanding of documentary filmmaking while exploring the aspects of production and post-production. Prerequisite: CINE 371 Documentary Production I.
An internship experience designed to give students an opportunity to practice video and film techniques and principles in an off-campus, professional setting. Students choose from a variety of options - cable, broadcast, corporate, medical, or commercial production facilities - based on the student's goals and interests. Up to 6 hours may apply to the cinematic arts major. Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

Student Experiences

Natalie Gould

“The journalism program at George Fox equipped me with skills I use every day in my profession. The video, interactive and reporting classes readily prepared me for the ever-changing tempo in the media world. George Fox places as strong an emphasis on ethics and integrity as it does on technique; this produces journalists who are not only diligent but also honest and trustworthy. These high expectations made my journalism training unique among my colleagues.” 

- Natalie Gould

Points of Distinction

  • Students will receive both professional experience and a liberal arts influence
  • Student publishing requirements help build a professional portfolio for the future
  • Both on- and off-campus internship opportunities are available
  • Emphasis on current technology equips students to stay at-pace in the progressive professional journalism setting
  • Emphasis on ethics
  • Options in a broadcast track or a print track

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country..