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Ashley (Peterson) Erickson ’09

Hannah (Gruber) Johnson ’10

communications and social media coordinator for the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees

editor at “Oakdale Patch,” a local online news source

Experiences at Bethel: Washington Journalism Center, editor-in-chief of the Clarion, KSTP channel 5 internship What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? The resources (speakers, professional journalists) Bethel was willing to bring in to supplement the in-class teaching. Bethel took journalism seriously and had the support of more than just the professors in the classroom. What advice would you give to journalism students? Get involved! Be on the staff of the Clarion or join the radio broadcasting team. It can only help your career.

Experiences at Bethel: Press Publications internship, student writer for Bethel’s Office of Communications and Marketing, editorin-chief of the Clarion, Minneapolis Star Tribune internship What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? Bethel offers a wide variety of classes that really prepared me for life after graduation. I came away with a great education. What advice would you give to journalism students? OVER-prepare for your career! There’s so much competition and you need to set yourself apart as much as you can. Learn video, take photos—do it all and don’t let yourself get pigeonholed.

Learn more about the journalism program at cas.bethel.edu/academics/departments/english

Chris Norton ’11

Luke Reiter ’09

page production specialist at Sourcebooks Publishers, Naperville, Ill.

news editor, Southwest Review

Experiences at Bethel: NYCAMS semester, Christianity Today internship, layout editor for the Clarion What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? Bethel’s program developed great writing skills in me. I learned how to tell a story well, which is a key part of journalism. What advice would you give to journalism students? Cross-pollinate. Take advantage of all the general education classes that you can, from weight training to biological sciences. It’s so helpful to know how to learn everything because, as a journalist, that’s part of your job—learning how to learn something quickly and then relaying that information to the public.

Experiences at Bethel: Washington Journalism Center, Views editor for the Clarion What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? Bethel has a nuanced approach to faith and journalism. It’s not heavy-handed and there’s room for students to use their own judgment. Our professors worked through issues with us to help us hone our craft and our faith without diminishing the role of a journalist. What advice would you give to journalism students? Do as many internships as possible. Pay attention to what your instructors and advisors say. You may think you already know, but you don’t. So listen.

Stephanie (Green) Wise ’08 freelance blogger and photographer for General Mills; Huffington Post; and her site “Girl Versus Dough” Experiences at Bethel: Kansas City Star internship, managing editor of the Clarion, Lillie Suburban Newspapers internship, student writer for Bethel’s Office of Communications and Marketing What stood out to you about Bethel’s journalism program? I loved learning and honing my journalism skills in a faith-centered curriculum. The environment of mentors, teachers, and peers who understood my very core gave me a confidence and a focus in my profession I know I wouldn’t have received anywhere else. What advice would you give to journalism students? Build relationships with your fellow journalism classmates and professors. Having a community of likeminded individuals around me gave me the confidence to push myself to achieve my goals. Bethel University

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Bethel University Fall 2012 Issue  

Information on Homecoming 2012, Bethel grads in political and government careers, teachings from Bethel experts, recently published books by...