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Graphic Journalism

Do you love infographics: maps, charts, diagrams, and data visualizations? Are you fascinated with typography, colors, design, and layout? If so, our graphic journalism program is for you.

Graphics are essential to news, advertising, public relations, and all strategic communications. Skillfully executed, graphics illuminate complex information in interesting, entertaining, and enlightening ways. More and more organizations, including higher education, are looking for people who can present data in a way that visually engages audiences.

Why Grand View?

  • Faculty are committed to teaching and learning thorough active scholarship and involvement in the local arts community.

  • A rich and diverse experience in a wide variety of media.

  • A focus on developing broad art skills that provide you with more options in the job market.

  • Internships with a wide variety of local agencies, non-profits and major corporations to choose from.

  • Help design Grand View’s award-winning Honors magazine.

Career Options

Many of our graduates go on to some of the nation’s top publications, design firms, and creative agencies—including Time and CNN—working as:

  • Art director
  • Graphic designer
  • Photojournalist
  • Visual storyteller

Course Requirements

Student Center

Renovated in 2015 the Student Center has become a central hub for students at Grand View. Home to the Communications department, the building is equipped with a radio studio, TV studio, a recording studio, and Computer labs equipped with adobe software. The Student Center also houses the Bookstore, Viking Theatre, CJ’s Place convenience store, student gathering area and the Students dining hall.


Awards and Accomplishments


Steve Winzenburg • Professor of communication, published two books, TV Programming Perspectives, Second Edition, and the Communication Job Search Handbook. The former will be used in his TV in Society class and the latter will be used in the Communication Career Seminar course.


Jeff Fett '05 • Has received two Emmy Awards for his work at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis.

Travis Justice • He is a co-host of the morning sports talk show on KXNO-AM in Des Moines.

Why Graphic Journalism?

Graphic Journalism combines the visual art of graphic design with the importance of journalism and storytelling. You will learn the process of researching, writing, editing, and designing informational graphics—everything from charts, maps, and diagrams to complex, in-depth informational graphics, while also focusing on typography, color theory, news design, design principles, and layout strategies.

  • Students have had a lot of success with the Graphic Journalism program in the professional community.
  • Strong emphasis on computer technology and excellent design training gives students a competitive edge.
  • Employment is expected to grow as a demand for graphic advertising, publishing, and computer design rises.
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