Our students learn a lot in the classroom. Then they go out in the world and apply it. Whether you define “the world” as your local community or a far-flung corner of the globe, our students are there telling meaningful stories and networking with industry experts. This hands-on fieldwork is what makes them the confident, collaborative professionals employers want to hire.
Where Content Meets the Cutting Edge
Students are starting to get their hands dirty in our new Experience Hub, the beating digital heart of the SOJC that just opened this fall. Part production studio, part research center, and part hands-on learning lab, it’s a place where students and faculty collaborate to develop innovative content and examine the media from every angle.
A group of SOJC students led by journalism instructor Lori Shontz traveled to Doha, Qatar, this fall to cover the International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships. The 10-day competition, which featured more than 1,700 athletes from 206 teams competing in 49 events, made history as athletes broke three world records. And SOJC students were there to capture it all for major media outlets back in the United States, publishing more than 100 stories for U.S. media outlets. For these aspiring sports journalists, it was the experience of a lifetime.
What Makes People Insta-Famous?
Maria Cano has followed social media influencers in the beauty industry for years. As a student in the SOJC’s media studies master’s program, the recent graduate developed the research skills to parse the secrets of their success. For her thesis, she tracked the methodology and growth of five Instagram beauty influencers to determine how they develop trust with their followers.