Journalism

Journalism is Changing

Are you interested in writing, print/web publishing, broadcasting, communications, or public relations as a career? How can you increase your chances of finding a job after graduating? Answer: While in college get your work published as often as possible and create a portfolio of published work to show prospective employers. Here at GRCC the place to regularly publish your work is the student newspaper, or on the newspaper's website (www.thecollegiatelive.com).

Yes, journalism is changing, but if you're interested in it as a career, those changes only mean you need to know more, not less. You need to learn journalism's basics of reporting, writing and editing. You need to know print, website production, photography, audio and video. You must get your work published.

 Why take journalism courses at GRCC?

 Getting published is the most important thing you can do while in college. At GRCC the place to get regularly published is the student newspaper, the Collegiate (print and web editions). The place to learn journalism's basics, and get published at the same time is in JR 251 and JR 252. In recent years, students who have taken these courses and produced the student newspaper and website have been judged by professional journalists to be among the best in the United States (best community college newspaper in Michigan nine times, one of the best college newspapers in the United States five times, and the website was just named one of the best college newspaper sites in the US)

Students who have completed GRCC journalism courses and then transfer to journalism programs at universities do extremely well, even becoming editors at university papers over those students who started there as freshmen. GRCC journalism transfer students are highly regarded at university newspapers and step into prestigious positions. First-year journalism students can start out as editor of GRCC’s award-winning paper (most new student editors have no previous experience). First-year journalism students at universities will start out at the very bottom of the staff ladder.

GRCC journalism students have gone on to work at the Grand Rapids Press, Lansing Journal, Flint Journal, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo Sports, MSU State News and Central Michigan Life. One even won a Pulitzer Prize.

In this profession, having a portfolio of published work is essential to show interviewers and employers. Are you thinking of transferring to a university and working on their newspaper or website? You'll need a portfolio of published work to do that. Are you thinking of finding an internship at a publication, website or station? You'll need a portfolio of published work to do that.   

The first course to take is Journalism 251:  Introduction to Journalism. Reporting, interviewing, writing in the journalistic style, page design, editing, and multi-media reporting for websites (photo, audio, video). Requires work on the student newspaper and/or web site. No previous journalism experience required.

See the catalog for other courses.

Other information:

The Collegiate offers paid editor positions. No experience necessary, but editors are expected to be enrolled in JR 251, JR 252 or to have completed these courses.

The Collegiate pays artists for each cartoon, graphic, or illustration published -- $15-$30 each.

The Collegiate has an ad manager position that pays 20% commission on each paid ad.

The Collegiate needs news, sports, A&E writers, reviewers and columnists. No previous experience necessary. You do not need to be enrolled in a journalism course to contribute to the student newspaper.

Visit the award-winning Collegiate website.