Program News

Wake Forest Journalism Program students helped launch WFDD’s in-depth housing report

Posted on June 12, 2019

A unique collaboration involving six students from the journalism program enabled a three-part series airing on WFDD this past week.    Mandy Locke, adjunct instructor in the journalism program, led the reporting project and involved students through an independent study. The students were critical in building a database that served as a lynchpin for the project’s final piece on the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem as a leading evictor in the county.   Other partners included WFDD and the Carolina Data Desk atRead More

Sophomore from Brazil to become Wake Forest’s ninth Pulitzer Center fellow in international reporting

Posted on May 1, 2019

Rafael Lima, a sophomore majoring in communications and minoring in journalism and political science, has been selected Wake Forest’s ninth fellow in international reporting by the Pulitzer Center in Washington, D.C. His award is for $3,000. Lima, a native of Brazil, will return to home to report on the impact of his country’s controversial new president, Jair Bolsonaro. Specifically, he will focus on how Bolsonaro, referred to as a “Trump of the Tropics” because of his anti-environmental policies, has targetedRead More

OGB Editors Win English Department Awards

Posted on April 26, 2019

The editorial staff of the Old Gold & Black was well represented at the English department awards ceremony on Wednesday. Editor-in-chief Lillian Johnson received the Bynum Shaw Prize in Journalism, and print managing editor Ren Schmitt and senior opinion adviser David Ajamy were finalists for the prize. Opinion editor Kyle Ferrer received the H. Broadus Jones Memorial Scholarship. Several students from adjunct journalism professor Barry Yeoman’s magazine writing course were also recognized: Katherine Laws received the Justus and Elizabeth C.Read More

Become a Fall Intern at Wake Forest Magazine

Posted on March 14, 2019

Interested in becoming the fall intern at Wake Forest Magazine? If you are, here’s what the magazine team needs from an applicant: A letter explaining why you want the position of intern for the fall semester and what you would bring to the role A resume 3-5 clips that show us your writing Please send Maria Henson ( the information by April 4. Word Documents in an email are fine. We will review and decide whether to contact you aboutRead More

Prof. Zerwick to teach Wake Washington fall 2020

Posted on March 8, 2019

Prof. Phoebe Zerwick will be teaching Wake Washington, a set of courses and internship work that count toward the journalism minor, in Washington, D.C. in fall of 2020. This program provides 9 out of the 18 hours required for the minor. Start planning ahead now and contact Prof. Zerwick for more information.

Alumna Kasha Patel Featured in Washington Post

Posted on February 25, 2019

Former Journalism minor Kasha Patel was featured in the Washington Post‘s “D.C. Dream Days,” where she describes her Dream Day in the city of Washington, D.C. Patel is a science writer and stand-up comedian, and both of those interests appear in her ideal day. As she tells writer Thomas Floyd, “The premise of my joke is often like the lead or headline of my story — it has to be short, succinct and understandable.” Read more about Patel’s Dream DayRead More

Journalism Minors Give Senior Orations

Posted on February 8, 2019

We are proud to announce that two journalism minors, David Ajamy and Bri Carney, delivered orations at the 2019 Senior Colloquium. Faculty-nominated student speakers present essays about unusual insights or critiques of culture learned during their time at Wake Forest. Ten of the submissions, including David and Bri, were chosen as finalists to be presented at the colloquium. David’s speech, “Home,” and Bri’s “Love and Spreadsheets” can be found below. “Home,” David Ajamy II Prior to coming to college, noRead More

Read About Student Experiences in Peru and Apply for Summer 2019

Posted on January 25, 2019

Professor Justin Catanoso is currently recruiting students for his summer course WFU/Peru: Tropical Biodiversity and Environmental Journalism. Read about previous students’ experiences below, and contact Prof. Catanoso at to learn more. While journeying down river in the Madre de Dios region of Peru this June, nine Wake Forest students saw Peruvians that looked a lot like them. They were young. They smiled and waved. But the same hands that greeted the students were the ones that sifted through the soilRead More

Application for Beyond the Classroom

Posted on December 7, 2018

Are you interested in taking your journalism to the next level? Do you have a project you want to pursue? An unpaid internship you’d love to take? Maybe you want to study journalism overseas? The Journalism Program can help, with grants for: ● Scholarships to study journalism overseas. ● Stipends to support you while you work at an unpaid internship in journalism. ● Travel to report a journalism project overseas or in the U.S. ● Fees and travel to aRead More

NBC Intern Reflects on Journalism Course

Posted on December 4, 2018

Taking Professor Zerwick’s Intro to Journalism class was one of the most instrumental steps in advancing my journalism career.  In addition to learning the foundational mechanics of writing, our class was immersed in field reporting both on campus and in the community.  We were introduced to professional journalists and exposed to technology-focused reporting tools that are changing the landscape of news.  The confidence I gained from this program helped me secure internships with NBC News and provided me with skillsRead More