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What is Journalism? 

According to the American Press Institute, "The purpose of journalism is thus to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments."

This definition provides a basic understanding be we can take it further, especially when understanding the field through the lens of a Christian.

What does it mean to be a journalist?

There are many ways to approach answering this question but at Cedarville University our journalism graduates should be able to:

  • Critically examine information to form, support, and evaluate an argument and advocate a position from biblical perspectives. 
  • Demonstrate leadership and innovation in communication contexts.
  • Demonstrate excellence in written, verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Analyze problems and work to solve them in ways consistent with established professional values and a Christian worldview.
  • Seek to serve their publics’ best interests by applying values consonant not only with the best professional standards but also with a foundation in Biblical truth.