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our publication stud ents get

communications depanmenr at

t.he next edition of IYeJ/WiJlcl ready

\\/\\/U. \X 'e knmv thar solid com­

for press,


thoughts turn ro the

grmvrh and change thar i~ taking

munication skills, analytical think­ ing and adaptability arc the new

placc in our indus[n·. The commu­

kevs ro success in a world that is

nicatio ns field is e\"()l\-ing, and so

changing at an unbelieva ble speed.

aJ·e the offeriugs of the communi­ cations deparr.mem ar \X'alla \X';tlla nin:rsi t\".

./\ s faculty, we see students enter

our program using new media t echnolngies

sLich as texting,

\Ve hal"(;: updated and exp;l!1ckd

blogging and social networking,

our traditional concentrat.ions of

and it is our mandate (and chal­

meJia, journalism, public relations

lenge) to give ou.r stLIdems the

and speech COmmul1lcarions to

most up-to-date training possible.

include photojournalism, which

\'(!e balance: the()[etical instJuc­ ~U1ds -()n

emphasizes photog raphr as d1e

tion with

primary medium ro tell a story.

\X 'c educatc in the classroom and


\\"c arc also proud that our depart­

in thc field. \Ve :mi,'e to help our

ment has the on ly bona fide speech

students dcvelop their talents as

communications major ll1 the de­

articulatc, Christian communica­

nomination. t\nd o ur very-popul;u·

tors who are \vell-equipped to be

drama program, which includes a

sLiccessful in careers that arrract

drama minor, continucs to provide

the most competitive people from

students and audiences \\-ith life­

around [he world.

changing performances.


Students with talent and passion come seeking a degree from d1e

7/;5emCht4<­ Nancy Semotiuk, department chair


7 •

J jlldIe), SlejlbmJOI/

\\ 'a lla \'(ialla UniversilY has a ne\\'

opportunit\, to be full y im ­

Cra\\-ford says. lIe was also in "Pi­

drama director, Da\'id Cr,\\\-forcl.

mersed. During productions he

rare> of Pe.:llzance," a musical, even

I-I<: n:placc:; l\Jaril)'nn Loveless

spends his l.ime direcring and

though singi ng was not his f(me.

who has accepred a drama teach­

producing- a rime-consuming

ing position ar La Sierra U ni\'er­

job that im'o!\-es ser design,

Though he hasn't worked on

sity. Her final curtain call came

costullles, and hours of

many film s, Crawford has done

at the close of the 2007 spring

rehearsa ls. Through his dedica­

some commercial work. Befo re

production season. Before she

tion, Crawford hopes to bring

accepting his current position,

left the drama d e partment, 1,00'e­

life.: to \V\\'U drama productions

he \,,·as involved in numerous

less recommended Cnl\\'fnrd, a

and make them something rhat

other producti o lls and forms of

former student acro r.

the students wam to wa tch.

drama. He comp1ete.:d his student teaching with rhe drama class

Crawford \\'as in Seattle \\'hen

"Success ful acting and theater life

at Walla \\'alla II igh School and

Nanc), SCIllOtiU k, chair of the

come from dedication to rh e craft

organi zed a (Lrama club while

communication s de partment,

ami to God," says C rawford. By

he was a student missionar y in

called him about the position.

u>ing students who are dedicated

Pohnpei. Cra wfo rd loves travel­

TIc was working as a subsrimte


reacher an d doing comm ercials.

strengths and using th em in

the product.ions, findin g their

iog, writing plays and poem'.


They set up a meeting which \\'as

that build on those st.rengths,

Crawford is building a new web­

followed by a series o f imer­

Crawford hopes to make produc­

site so that people can be better

\'ie\\'s, and soon after, Cra\\'ford

tions a showcase of what Wf\vL

informed about e\'ents in the

accepted the position.

stUd ents can do.

drama department. I Ie is updat­

Crawford lewes the stage, and

"} was in 'The Diary of 1\nne

so tha t e\Tryolle can hm'C easy

Frank' whell I ,vas here as a

access to current information.

ing the material and tools Llsed his new position gives him the CraujrJrtl /(Hlk.r ort,- /be H ripl

(l Ive {(/JlJPUJ p rodll(+

li M 0/ 'TIl(' ROlllal/em', .. liisfiHi pl(~l' a / IVlr"r "

student. J loved it because it had so much historical significance,"



AT WWU AdriellJJe



"l\ lake the pictures tell the story."

Rittenbach is considering several


Thar \Vas [he advice Greg Lehman

job options din:cth' related to the

this <:vcr-changing field.



Alex Rittenbach, a photog­

that direcrly appl)" to

practical experiences he received

raph:' student and rec ent \X 'alla

from his l)hotojournali sm classes.

The faculty train and teach their

\\falla University g raduate. "The

"The photojournalism curricu­

students the dual arts of journal­

"\.vhole key to photojournalism is

lum really prepares yo u wei\."

ism and photography, and hdp them (·i nd the balance necessary

faces. Don't be afraid

to be an effective

u f people." Ritrenbach pur that counsel to practice b\·

communicaror. " [ ;irst


we must understand

Pho(ojoLirnali:-;.rn is rhe \'isual side of jOllrn:llisnl. It conn~y:-:. a story primarily thr()L1~h



of pictures, or


that photography and

:::.implr pur-pholographic storytelling.

photojournalism are

Ph( )[ojournalism rransccnJs culture and Ianguag<.:.

different," says Nancy

working as a SOTllt: rules of rhll1nb for;l pho(ojOllrn;.llisr arC:

staff photog­

• l : sc inlagl!S rhat presCllr an insranr.1~' recognizable s tory.

rapher for the

• Arrrac( the: inrcrcsi of rhe average "jcwer.

the communica­

• Show good rt.'chni(luc:.

111'0//0 UYol/o


Semotiuk, chair of tions department. "A

• Be flir :lnd gi\'e an accurate pO[{rily.lI of l::\'cnr~.

journalist tells stories.


1\ photographer takes

He was able to get an insider's view of the WaIJa

Knowing that incoming uni­

pictures of nouns (people, places

\Valla communit)" during his

versity stud ents are becoming

and things). i\ photojournalist

practicum experience with tbe

more visual in how they receive

takes the best of both and locks

local newspaper. "The coolest

and communicate info rmation,

it into the most powerful medium

thing about photojournalism is

\XI\VU added a photojournalism

available-a single frozen image."

that yo u ge t a chance to go be­

emphasis to the mass com­

hind closed doors and see things

munication curriculum in 2004.

For Liz \\illite, a 2005 communi­

that, as a general member of [he

Photojourna]jsm srud<:nts have

cations graduate who taught the

public, you don't get to see."

a chance



Jearn practical and


Photojournalism course




4) and C;r~g FOllg (prig" 5) p/)oto·

gmpl, the 2006 ,1//ldbollJljorAHVIVC, p"blicrltiollJ of Th~ Coll egian ,wd;\1t. J\ sh, IIIhere photo/ullmal· iillJ is JbowCtlJtdjiJr Ihe ",/;ok stJldellt bod) .

in 2007, the nine-month practicum

clari ty and understanding into

she spent working for rhe U"iol1­

"vodd events and local is sues.

HI/I/eli" helped her to find her foot­ ing as a photographer. "What really

A mass eoml11uniearjolls degree

solidified photojournalism for me

from \'VWU is a significant first

and helped me to become a better

step towards a career in meclia,

photojournalist was the practicum

publi c relati o ns and journali sm .

experience." This practical work

Not only Joes a studcnt gradu­

opportuniry cllmplemented the

atc with an undcrstalltling of

theories she learned in class.

communicati on techniques, but

Journalism has been used in many

of how to effectively convey

different outlets over the years:

a message through multiple

print, radio, television, J nternet and

medium s. A \'V\Xi U photojour­

also wit.h an intricare knowledge

photography. Though print media

nalism g rad uate can appil' the

is still the bread and butter of most

essential principles of journalism

journalists, photojournalism has

to artic ulate a silent narrative

become a cornerstone of modern

through t.a rgeted and thoughtful

stllrytelling and news broadca st­


ing. Ph otojournalists visit the same commurutjes and count.ries as regular reporters, but the timely nature of their work rt:ljuitTs thnl1 to

intimately confront prof() und

and sometimes dangerous­ realities. Today's photojournalists are uniquel y eCluipped to pr(l\' id c

Diana Martinez


Bachelor of Science mass communications

Photojournalism concentration and minor

The Bachelor of Science in

Photojournalism is o ffered

mass communication pro­

both as a mass communica ­

vides a flexible but focused

tion concentration and a

immersion in an area of

minor. Courses include:

student interest, allowing for

• Magazine article writing

specialization in such areas as:

• Photojournalism

• Audio production

• Advanced photojournalism

• Digi tal anima tion

Bachelor of Arts mass communications

• Advanced video production

This area of study gives

• Film studies and production

studenrs a solid base in both photography and print jour­

The Bachelor of Science,

The Bachelor of Arts in ma.'lfi communication integrates a strong core of communication study with areas of specializa­ tion, a minor in an IU'C:ll of the: studc:nI'S choosing Rnd foreign language study to provide a bn:atlth of experience in communicatillO nod reJarc:d

while nor requiring foreign

well for a career in the news

language study, provides


opportunities for students to choose from department offerings, as well as related courses from other majors on campus, and to create an professional portfolio.

dents for opportunities in busi­ ness, education, govermnent,


public relations, advertising and

- Photojournalism


-Jolmllllism and public rclations The communications depart­

The Bachelor of Arts gradu­ ale will possc:ss the potential for advancement to media managerial positions and will be prepared for funhet gradu­ are study.

bO/(Y ONrJh/II.f111

SbarrJn Pml!JMIlIJ.

The Bachelor of Arts in speech communications prepares stu­

available in:

C /frrt..' 111 p

Bachelor of Arts speech communication

extensive and competitive

disciplines. Concentrations arc

(lil t!

nalism which will serve them

JI/ldtll!J~ Hrill{//~)'

r ri(:itad

ment offers minors in: • Drama •Journalism • Photojournalism • Communications • Speech communication

more. Courses include: • Interpersonal and nonverbal communication • Argumentation • Persuasive speaking \X'\X'U is the only Seventh-day Adventist university that offers this degree.

KancI- Semoriuk, deparrment chair, has been wriring film She is abo




editOr of a vegetarian cookbook soon


wirh her eluest son, r':li, L)e released,

Dal'id Bullock sl~el~t time in 2006 worki~g as, communication director for Peter Cold mark's campaign for U.S, Congress


[ast.ern \Vashmgron,

Jerr y Hartman is working on his Master of Fine


concentrating in digiral cinema, and is preparing to make a documentary in Suriname, a small country in South l\merica,

Deborah Silva recendl' defended her dissertatio n and now has more free rime to get involved in the community and take a long-awaited family I'acation to rhe San Juan Islands,

S is,newh-, l11arr~ed

Dal'id Crawford is the mosr recent addition to the communications uepartmenr facultv, Dayid

and has been keeping bus\' scriptwriting and acting since graduating from \\'alla \'(,alla Unlyers!t\',


Tyler Ray

Walla Walla University Communications Department 204 S. College Ave . College Place, WA 99324


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