Catalog Description

The journalism program is designed for students interested in pursuing professional careers and further study in such areas as reporting, editing, media design, photojournalism, broadcasting, public relations, and media law.

The strength of Ferrum’s journalism program is the amount of one-on-one instruction students receive from professors and our focus on strong writing and editing skills. Because of the program’s connection with the campus newspaper, it offers students ample publication opportunities, but because the newspaper in not published daily, students still have plenty of time for other coursework and activities. Recent graduates are working in journalism, public relations, desktop publishing and graphic design, education, business, and law enforcement.

Coursework in Journalism

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of journalism, and includes courses such as the following:

  • Media Issues
  • Computer Graphics
  • Feature Writing
  • Photography
  • Advertising
  • Web Page Design
  • TV Programming & Production
  • Voice & Diction
  • Media Management
  • Media & Politics
  • 2D Design
  • News Writing & Editing
  • Professional Writing
  • Marketing
  • Rhetoric
  • Journalism Practicum
  • Radio Practicum
  • Internship

Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to journalism:

Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities

First-hand experience: Students in journalism classes produce college publications, serving as editors and managers.

Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.

Career Options with a minor in Journalism

A minor in Journalism leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • Newspaper or Television Reporter
  • Copy Editor or Researcher
  • Photojournalist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Advertising Director
  • Newspaper Editor
  • Radio DJ
  • Novelist
  • Magazine Designer
  • Web Page Designer

Journalism Faculty

Lana Whited
Professor of English and Coordinator of Journalism
Director of the Boone Honors Program
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
(540) 365-4334
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For more Information

Information is only an email away! Contact Dr. Lana Whited at 540-365-4334 or

Visit The Iron Blade Newspaper online.
Visit Ferrum Radio online.