Research and publish in real time.

Journalism prepares you to translate interviews, opinions, and reviews into persuasive, cogent articles and essays. As a journalism student, you'll practice skills related to gathering and evaluating content, learning to write for a variety of communication channels.

You'll learn to ask rich questions, weigh data against opinions, and provide vivid highlights of recent events, constructing accurate accounts for readers. In addition to drafting copy, you'll refine your editing and project management skills, graduating prepared to join extended members of the Cornerstone community as a reporter, photojournalist, editor, or campaign manager.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Communication & Media
    • Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids
  • Program Concentrations

    In the process of declaring a major in Journalism, you will select an emphasis in one of the following 6 concentrations:

    • Broadcast Reporting/Producing
    • Business Reporting
    • Editing/Publishing
    • Health Science Reporting
    • News Reporting
    • Sports Reporting

    Off-Site Opportunities

    With options to study off-site, you'll sharpen your knowledge and experiences in the field, earning credit toward your degree.
    • World Journalism Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. For additional information on this off-site study opportunity, visit
    • Phillips Journalism Institute in New York City. For additional information on this off-site study opportunity, visit
  • Campus Newspaper

    The Herald is Cornerstone's award-winning, student-run university newspaper. As a journalism student, you will gain hands-on experience on campus by contributing to the Herald and receive class credit for your participation in the production process.

  • Request Information

    For more information on a degree in Journalism and available concentrations, submit your contact information. Or register to attend an upcoming session of the Cornerstone Journalism Institute.

Journalism Degree Outcomes

Graduates of Cornerstone can be found writing for newspapers, serving as editors for publishing companies, producing footage for news stations, and submitting work as freelance writers.

  • Alyssa Helm ('13) works as a Copy Writer at Family Christian Stores in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Kelly Gampel ('12) serves as News Editor at Homer Index.
  • Ryan Wenger ('11) is a Copy Editor at MLive and the Grand Rapids Press in Walker, MI.
  • Tim Devaney ('10) serves as a Reporter at The Hill in Washington, D.C.
  • Rachel Watson ('09) is a Copy Editor at MLive and the Grand Rapids Press in Walker, MI.
  • Sarah Heth ('08) is a Copy Editor at the Holland Sentinel in Holland, MI.
  • Luke Stier ('07) serves as Executive Producer at TV-8 in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • David Jesse ('97) works as an Education Reporter at the Detroit Free Press in Detroit, MI.