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Multnomah Journalism Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

This fall, Multnomah University's Journalism program celebrates 50 years since its establishment in 1959. Graduates from the program have gone on to work for Focus on the Family, the Palau Association, Christianity Today, newspapers and local television stations as writers or editors.

Courses in writing, graphic design, photography and Web design prepare students for the many opportunities that come with working in the journalism field. Professor Ann Staatz is the current program advisor.


During his presidency at Multnomah, Dr. Willard Aldrich became interested in creating a journalism program to respond to missionaries' needs for literature aimed at nationals worldwide. Multnomah first offered basic journalism classes in 1959, and Dr. Ed Goodrick headed up the department. The program grew, establishing a journalism minor in 1961 and a full journalism major in 1994.


In fall 2009, the Journalism and Speech Communication major merged into a single communications studies major. The Journalism program also added Web design to the courses offered. Currently, the department is redesigning the website for Multnomah's student newspaper, The Voice. The site is due to launch early 2010.


"People often ask me if today's students write as well as students in the past," Professor Ann Staatz said. "I say that journalism students today have skills as sharp and a passion for the Lord as deep as the students I taught twenty-one years ago. Every year, the Lord brings eager journalism students to Multnomah, and I have the privilege of helping those students develop skills they can use throughout their lives."

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About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.