You can be a part of journalism’s future with hard work

What is the future of journalism?

Translation: Can I get a job with a journalism degree?

I hear this question all the time from prospective students and their parents. The answer is yes.

Momma used to say, “Life is what you make it.”

Translation: If you work hard and prepare yourself well, you will make it. If you depend on only classroom experiences, the easiest internships you can find and expect to be hired just because you have a degree, you won’t make it in journalism.

Don’t wait until you have the dream job to be a passionate employee. Be a passionate student, or you will always be looking for that job to be passionate about. There are dues to pay, and you must pay them with a passionate pursuit of the career God has called you to. If you are a Christian work as unto the Lord, and let the words of I Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:23 ring in your ears. Be ambitious.

This subject came to mind today when my friend and journalism colleague Kermit Rowe emailed a link to an editorial on Editor and Publisher’s website that offers advice to young journalists.

The editorial exposes some bad advice. Then it gives some good advice from others. It’s worth your time if you are a journalism major, a recent journalism graduate looking for a job or if you are considering journalism as your major.

The advice comes from journalists under 35. Read it, learn from it and apply it.

The business of news has a present and a future. Work hard in the present so you can be part of the future. The disruption of the past several years is creating new ground floors. It’s an exciting time to become a journalist.

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Cedars staff brings home eight SPJ awards

Awards season was good to the Cedars staff again this year. We just returned from the Society of Professional Journalists regional conference with eight Mark of Excellence awards. That’s three better than last year. Four of the awards were category winners and will be entered in the national contest.

This followed a third straight honor as the top non-daily student paper in Ohio in the Ohio Newspaper Association collegiate contest.

Journalists have never been in it for the money, and they aren’t just in it for awards either. But awards are still fun to win. It’s validation that you are doing good work, even some of the best work among your peers. The students of recent years are certainly helping to build a good reputation for the program and for Christian journalists.

They have been a blessing to work with. And it’s a blessing to see them take what they learn and apply it with a mindset of wanting to do the best job possible. Our program still has plenty of room to grow and much opportunity, but a strong foundation has been set in the past few years.

The goal of our faculty is to blend practical experience and skills development with what every journalist needs to know about the law, ethics and the ever-evolving business of journalism. And, most importantly, to apply a Christian worldview to every part of journalism.

If you know any Cedars staffers, please congratulate them on a job well done.

Cedarville graduate honored as best multi media journalist in West Virginia

Congratulations to 2011 Cedarville University graduate Michael Clouse. He just won an award as the Best Multi Media Journalist in the state by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.

Michael majored in broadcasting and digital media. The journalism major started at Cedarville during his junior year, so he jumped in and took a couple of reporting classes to add to his broadcasting skills. The combination has served him well. His first two years out of school were spent at WTHI in Terre Haute, Indiana. Since then he has been at WSAZ in Charleston, West Virginia.

Watch the video below of Michael in action. It’s the compilation of stories he put together for his WVBA contest entry.