Thanks to juniors Joy Thompson-Wurz and Ashley Grundman for sharing this article, which highlights the journalism field trip to the Wisconsin State Journal and why such trips are important.
On Tuesday, November 12th, the journalism class visited the Wisconsin State Journal headquarters. There they had the opportunity to tour the newspaper’s multiple departments to see the many steps of how a newspaper is brought to life. From writing articles to plate production, putting pages together to distribution, far more people than most would expect play a role in this daily production, which was something the journalism class was able to witness first hand.
Not only did the Journalism class get to see how a newspaper company functions, but they got to experience what the career of a journalist would be like. Touring a workplace or career environment is a great opportunity to help in the decision-making process of choosing a career path. A growing idea is that students should not only tour colleges but work fields as well, especially those who have not decided what career they want to pursue. Witnessing how a workplace is run gives students an idea of how that certain career would affect their lifestyle. They may even find new talents and interests they didn’t even know they had. Several of the journalism students said that after seeing what a journalism career is like, they could potentially see themselves in that field even though they had never previously thought about it.
According to journals.psu.edu, 20-50% of students go to college undecided. Experiencing and immersing in different work fields has the potential to lower that percentage significantly. Almost every workplace has a job for all different talents and abilities. The only obstacle is finding a way to dig deep and explore them.