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Assistant Professor & Chair of Journalism
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in journalism through independent research, off-campus study, and internships. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in real world situations.
Midwest in Transition Reporting Project
Under the direction of Distinguished Professor Emerita of Journalism Marilyn Webb, the Midwest in Transition project involved in-depth reporting and multi-platform publishing of news and feature stories about the economic, social, and cultural transformation of midwestern communities such as Galesburg and the surrounding region. Much of the reporting in this project has focused on patterns of individual and community responses to the closing of Galesburg's Maytag refrigeration factory.
Using surveys and in-depth reporting, in cooperation with the Galesburg Register-Mail, the Midwest in Transition team of students and faculty has published an award-winning investigative series of stories about the ways in which displaced workers have remade their lives in often surprising ways. This series was awarded a first prize in the 2012 Illinois Associated Press Editors Association awards, in competition with professional journalists from across the state. It is also a finalist in the 2012 Illinois Press Association annual competition. In addition, two book-length investigative projects are currently in preparation.
Borzello Fellows Program
Knox Journalism Program students can receive support for independent research and reporting projects (multiplatform, print and photojournalism) through the Borzello Fellows Program, funded by a generous gift from Robert Borzello, a 1958 Knox graduate and publisher in England, noted for his work on ethics in news reporting.
Research and Creative Work
Many of our majors -- and minors -- pursue College Honors or other research and creative projects. Some even present or perform their work at national and international conferences. Here are a few recent projects:
Our students take advantage of the more than two dozen off-campus study programs. Knox offers several off-campus programs of particular interest to journalism students:
There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships. Knox College students have recently had internships at the following media outlets: Chicago Sun-Times, CNN Chicago Bureau, Register-Mail (Galesburg daily newspaper), and Roll Call magazine, Washington, D.C.
Prizes in Journalism
Prizes are a public recognition of excellence in journalistic accomplishments.