October 11, 2016
Through the READY NWI initiative St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer collaborates with other colleges and universities in the Region, and with our K-12 partners, to provide students with academic and work-based experiences that prepare students with skills and knowledge to move directly into jobs in our labor market.
The Digital Media and Journalism major is a great example of blended academics and work experiences leading to success in the labor market.
The DMJ major is a four-year program giving students hands-on experience in digital media, video and audio production, and both print and web-based journalism. It prepares them for a variety of careers in the communications field.
By offering the three different tracks within the major of digital media, journalism and film, students select the track that best reflects their personal career goals. The program offers multiple opportunities for experience, including campus TV and radio stations, the Hollywood Workshop and the 48-hour film project, 2Days2Play. Thanks to SJC’s nationally acclaimed Core Program, students start gaining valuable experience during their freshman year.
“I can honestly say that being a part of the DMJ program here has given me more opportunities than if I would have gone to a different school,” said Logan James, class of 2017. “The DMJ Program at SJC offers nothing short of excellence and proficiency. The amount of experience you gain from working with the top-of-the-line equipment and motivated professors is something I could only dream of having.”
Christina Manika, class of 2018, agrees.
“Being a part of the DMJ program at Saint Joseph’s College has fully prepared me for a future in a broadcast sports reporting career,” Manika said. “I have gained a lot of knowledge, skills, experience and connections through the DMJ program. Starting off as a freshman, I became the football sideline reporter during all the home games. [Now], I talk to coaches and team members during and after the game. If I went to a bigger school, I would not have that opportunity until I was at least a junior.”
Class of 2017’s Lindsey Werking said she enjoys the room for growth afforded by the program.
“The DMJ major is expanding and improving all the time,” Werking said. “Our professors are always taking steps forward to present us with new opportunities to give us a well-rounded education and prepare us for the future. Our professors give us great opportunities to network with SJC alum through the Hollywood Workshop and a 48-hour film festival, (2Days2Play). It is great to see how successful other SJC students have become.”
Alyssa Cook is a member of Saint Joseph’s College, class of 2017. The opinions are the writer’s.
The READY NWI partnership supports the unique aspects of community, school, and student, and embraces a commitment to regional thinking and acting in order to ensure prosperity by meeting the skill and education needs of employers throughout Northwest Indiana.