Journalism majors are strongly encouraged to take multiple internships in a variety of settings: print, broadcast and on line. Most local media have developed Web-based services where students also find a variety of internship opportunities. Students may apply up to 15 internship credits toward graduation. Students are strongly urged to work closely with their faculty advisor or internship coordinator in identifying internships that best suit their interest and career ambitions.
The primary student media outlet is the twice-weekly print edition of the Grand Valley Lanthorn and its Web outlet. Staff positions in all departments are paid. Students also have the opportunity to gain experience at WCKS, the student-run radio station, and GVTV, the student-run television station.
Finally, students engage their chosen profession through internships independent studies, employment and other experiences in print, broadcast, cable and Internet-based media. There is opportunity for networking and making contacts within the profession.
The Grand Rapids area is a top-50 market for television and it features three commercial television stations, two public TV/radio stations and over 50 radio stations. Area print media include four daily newspapers (The Grand Rapids Press, The Holland Sentinel, The Greenville Daily News and the Grand Haven Tribune); over 15 weekly newspapers; and minority, arts, business and other specialty magazines.