BHSU students get a glimpse at future careers during end-of-semester field trips

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, December 9, 2014/Categories: 2014

Black Hills State University students recently visited local media outlets as part of a mass communications practicum course. From left, Joe Norfolk, graphic design communication major from Gillette, Wyo. and Maverick Publishing staff Jesse Nelson, photo editor Kaycee Olson, national sales assistant Mela Cosme, copy editor and John Knutson, senior art director. Nelson, Cosme, and Knutson are BHSU alumni.

Black Hills State University students in Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser's practicum course completed field trips recently that offered a glimpse at their future careers.  

Students enrolled in MCOM 495 visited Spearfish media outlets including Maverick Publishing, KSLT and Seaton Publishing/Black Hills Pioneer.

"I am very grateful for these hospitable partnerships with regional media and the fact that these busy professionals are willing to take time out their day to host BHSU students," said Caton-Rosser, associate professor of mass communication at BHSU.

Students enrolled in the MCOM 495 course have a variety of skills from broadcast and print journalism and graphic design. In the class, students complete hands-on assignments, producing a variety of media materials including video, audio, graphics and written stories. All material must be completed on a deadline, much like in the work environment.

"Practicum involves a real process during which students make an amazing amount of progress in their understanding of producing high quality work," Caton-Rosser said. "They learn that deadlines never stop and media never shuts down."

In addition to the hands-on projects, the field trips help prepare students for graduation and entering the professional workforce.

"The field trips connect students to job and career opportunities with communication and media organizations in the area," Caton-Rosser said. "In addition, students realize the great amount of professional media organizations that exist in the region and get a firsthand glimpse of how they operate."

Students who attended field trips included:
  • Joe Norfolk, graphic design communication major from Gillette, Wyo.
  • Jessie Eckles, graphic design communication major from Belle Fourche
  • Danielle Doney, business administration-marketing major from Rapid City
  • Anthony Petrone, mass communication major from Spearfish
  • Amy Varland, mass communication major from Lead
  • Scott Lemon, mass communication major from Mitchell
  • Morgan Hanzlik, English major from Spearfish
  • Molly Hillenius, mass communication major from Bozeman, Mont.
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