As News/Internet majors, students gain knowledge and skills needed for careers in reporting, editing, management or publishing, on-line and on paper. Graduates work on newspaper staffs, in the news departments of other news media and agencies, in public information positions and in digital media. In our curriculum, we are aggressively pursuing mobile journalism. For example, the spring 2011 Multimedia Journalism class experimented with a seven-week unit on “mobile-only” journalism.
Think magazine is produced in the spring semester by a joint capstone class of magazine and news-Internet majors. A staff of about 20 students runs the show.
Students apply for staff positions and are interviewed by area professional editors, writers and designers. Once the staff is in place, students do everything: choose and assign stories; report, write and edit them; design the entire magazine; shoot and edit photos; produce and maintain a website; work with the printer; and promote and distribute the magazine. It’s an extraordinary experience for everyone.
Approximately 40 students are enrolled in the major. Average class size is 12 students.
Think magazine has won numerous national awards, including the ACP Pacemaker in 2007 and 2010. It was a finalist in 2009.
Think has also won various accolades for writing, photography, design and overall excellence in contests sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the AEJMC Magazine Division, Hearst Journalism Awards and the Student Society of News Design.
The Times-Delphic was a Pacemaker finalist in 2010. It also nabbed 11 awards, including first place for general excellence and best page one and second place for editorial leadership, in the 2011 Iowa College Media Association contest.
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