The Collegian is South Dakota State’s independent student-run newspaper. It provides a welcoming environment for student journalists, photographers and designers to develop their skills and gain real world experience in the news industry.
First started in 1885, The Collegian continues to flourish because students actively seek to make it better. The Collegian is catching up with the trend of incorporating social media into its news strategy. Involvement on Twitter, Facebook and their website are important ways the staff of The Collegian is reaching out to its audience.
Weekly papers are published and distributed on Wednesdays. The Collegian staff edits and designs page layouts Monday and Tuesday nights. The work is rewarding and gives great experience for student interest in writing, editing and photography.
Katherine Clayton, a staff member of The Collegian and 2017 English education major, said her experience at The Collegian has enhanced her experience.
“The Collegian has been essential to my time at SDSU,” she said. “I am so glad and grateful that I have had this opportunity.”
South Dakota State University’s Journalism Club strives to educate students interested in the field by providing networking opportunities and experience.
The Journalism Club keeps busy touring media outlets such as KSFY, Midco, Argus Leader and KELOLAND. These tours give students the opportunity to see first hand what their daily lives may involve. Club members have also visited places like Washington D.C. to tour news outlets like the Washington Post, ABC and National Geographic. The Journalism Club has other trips in the works as well.
“Not only is Journalism Club a good way to make connections with your peers and professors, it also provides the opportunity to network with different media outlets in South Dakota and the surrounding states,” said Selena Yakabe, president of the Journalism Club.
Being a journalist isn’t just graduating with your degree and getting a job. It means you have a constant curiosity. You take pride in your work everyday, pushing out of your comfort zone and, most importantly, being able to communicate to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Journalism Club at South Dakota State University is one small step to the beginning of your future.