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."
For more information about Multnomah's journalism major and
other academic programs, please contact Admissions at 503.251.6485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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