JOURNALISM + COMMUNICATION

Hands-on experience, mentoring from seasoned professionals, and top-notch facilities prepare our students for fast-changing fields that require excellent communication skills. The department offers the following majors/concentrations. Our graduates work as writers, editors, reporters, production specialists, and public relations professionals. They’re involved in web development, the entertainment industry, and a variety of related fields.

Digital Cinema
A new concentration for digital storytellers who dream of becoming the next YouTube sensation, Nextflix producer, short film director or documentary filmmaker.

Multimedia Journalism
Today’s journalists must be well-rounded individuals who are practiced in the art of storytelling regardless of the medium. Writing, research, organization, ethics, and accuracy continue to be essential for journalists of the 21st century. The multimedia journalism program at Wartburg provides an active laboratory for students to apply cornerstone skills in a real-world setting. Students can enhance their educational experience with a variety of student-operated media outlets and organizations.

Organizational and Public Relations
Organizational and Public Relations professionals are responsible for developing and managing comprehensive integrated marketing communication strategies and campaigns. They manage all components of communications messaging, from creating and managing brands, to implementation, to measurement. Successful practitioners must be able to make sure that all communications efforts – from PR, to marketing, to multimedia, to social media – are all working together to produce the desired results. Students will learn how to utilize public relations, advertising, brand management, and design together, to form cohesive communication strategies for others.

VIDEOS

Student Organizations

Students from any major can work with campus media and department organizations. These organizations provide a hands-on learning environment to complement what students learn in the classroom.

The Circuit
The Circuit, an integrated online news site, has won national Pacemaker Awards for Excellence.

KWAR-FM Radio Station
KWAR radio station broadcasts online around the world and locally at 89.9 FM. The station has won numerous awards for news and sports coverage.

Knight Vision
Knight Vision is Wartburg’s live and on-demand video-streaming network, covering sports, music, worship, news, and special events. This co-curricular program also is open to non-majors.

Knight Vision Films
Knight Vision Films is the production label under which documentaries, short films, and experimental work is produced. Students work on projects associated with classes they are taking as well as partnering with professors on special projects. 

Knight Vision News
Knight Vision News is a student-run news station covering campus, local, and national news. The staff have dominated many regional competitions, including five Upper Midwest Regional Student Production awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

Public Relations Student Society of America
PRSSA provides students opportunities for professional development, networking, scholarships, public relations competitions, and career assistance.

Tower Agency
The Tower Agency is a student-run public relations firm that provides hands-on experience with clients.

Wartburg Players Theatre Group
The Wartburg Players theatre troupe has performed at the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival twice.

Wartburg Trumpet
The Trumpet is the student-run campus newspaper and covers campus and local news. The Trumpet has won numerous regional awards.

Honor Organizations

Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities.

Society for Collegiate Journalists
More than 250 alumni continue involvement with Wartburg communications through membership in the Society for Collegiate Journalists as well as assisting students to acquire internships and professional positions.

FACILITIES

The McElroy Center is designed to encourage student interaction with faculty members and other students.

Hands-on learning with the latest technology. WORTH IT.

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Alumni Success Stories

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Journalism and Communication Department have had in the past.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Development Associate, The Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines
  • Communications Manager, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell
  • Sports Reporter/Editor, Worthington Globe, Worthington, Minn.
  • Director of Student Engagement, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.
  • Advertising Associate, Sukup Manufacturing, Sheffield
  • Associate Director for Marketing, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, Ill.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 10 Years:

  • Singer, Songwriter, JR Baxton Entertainment, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Photojournalist, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids
  • Journalism/English Teacher, Marion
  • Film Editor, Whitehouse Post Productions, Chicago, Ill.
  • Senior Video Editor, ME&V, Cedar Falls
  • TV Anchor, WHEC, Rochester, N.Y.

Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • Senior Vice President/Creative Director, Leo Burnett, Chicago, Ill.
  • Feature Producer, ESPN, Bristol, Conn.
  • Press Secretary, Prime Minister of Namibia
  • President/Equity Partner/Owner, Relationship Marketing, Inc., Des Moines
  • Professor, Communication Studies, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

FACULTY+STAFF

Cliff Brockman

Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication

Pamela Ohrt

Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication

Penni Pier

Professor of Journalism and Communication

Chris Wilson

Lecturer in Journalism and Communication

Bill Withers

Professor of Journalism and Communication