Writing for Print and Digital Media (BA)
Writing for Print and Digital Media (Minor)
Interest in what’s happening in our community, state, region, and nation hasn’t gone away. But how we get information--from a newspaper on the kitchen table or from an iPhone in our hands--is changing. Columbia College's Writing for Print and Digital Media (WPDM) Program prepares students for a changing world. Students will work with the latest technology while gaining time-tested interviewing, storytelling, and editing skills that put them on track for careers in journalism, public relations, digital video, web publishing, and creative writing.
Exciting Internships that Lead to Careers
Internships allow students to gain new skills, network, find mentors, and experience the real world of the professional field they have chosen. Students with internship experience have a much better chance of landing a job upon graduation—often, right where they interned.
Here is a sampling of what Columbia College students have experienced through the WPDM Program:
- Olivia Frain filmed, edited, and produced content for the WIS-TV daily news report and, immediately after graduation, was hired by a major Florida television station
- Vicki May Workman interned as a public relations writer for the Central SC Cobras, a new semiprofessional women’s soccer team and was offered a job with the team before graduation
- Sjaan Hydrick filmed and edited alongside an SCETV video producer, garnering credits on a feature-length film for her exceptional video editing skills
- Valarie Flowers researched and wrote publicity materials for the Historic Columbia Foundation
- Chelsea Tyson and Amber Lacey reported and edited for The United Methodist Advocate, a publication of the United Methodist Church
- Kelli Weston assisted the South Carolina Film Office in updating their location directories
- Giesela Lubecke worked in every aspect of the publishing industry at Bruccoli Clark Layman, Inc., home of the Dictionary of Literary Biography
- Krystle Remigio interned for Gamecock Productions, where she filmed and edited sports highlights
Real-World, Hands-On Experience
Claudia Smith Brinson, with 30 years of experience in journalism, is a Pulitzer finalist and a two-time winner of the Knight Ridder Award of Excellence. She has provided national coaching in reporting, writing, and editing. Brinson has also won an O. Henry award for her short fiction.
Add a Second Major or a Minor in WPDM
Many students choose to earn a second major or a minor in writing for print and digital media to prepare for careers in business, history, politics, religion, medicine, or law.