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.


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. For example, our graduates have assumed positions as...


  • Tim Devaney ('10) | Reporter at The Hill in Washington, D.C.
  • David Jesse ('97) | Education Reporter at the Detroit Free Press in Detroit, MI

Copy Editors

  • Kelly Gampel ('12) | News Editor at Homer Index
  • Rachel Watson ('09) | Copy Editor at MLive and the Grand Rapids Press in Walker, MI
  • Sarah Heth ('08) | Copy Editor at the Holland Sentinel in Holland, MI
  • Ryan Wenger ('11) | Copy Editor at MLive and the Grand Rapids Press in Walker, MI


  • Luke Stier ('07) | Executive Producer at TV-8 in Grand Rapids, MI

Other Media

  • Alyssa Helm ('13) | Copy Writer at Family Christian Stores in Grand Rapids, MI