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The student newspaper, The Berks Collegian, provides students with an opportunity to sharpen their newswriting, an essential skill in journalism, public relations, corporate communications, advertising, and other fields. Student journalists also gain experience in visual communication by learning about the editing, layout, and graphics of newswriting. Moreover, work published in the newspaper can be a central part of the senior writing portfolio. Many students in Professional Writing write for the newspaper and/or hold editorial positions, though working for the campus nespaper is not exclusive to Professional Writing majors.

Students can take Communications 260W: News Writing and Reporting and English 110: Newswriting Practicum to help develop their newswriting skills. Both courses fulfill requirements in the Professional Writing major and minor.* These courses are taught by Dr. Gary Kunkelman, a former journalist and editor, who is also the faculty adviser to the student newspaper. You can reach him at gak12@psu.edu if you are interested in writing for the newspaper or taking any of the related courses.

*English 110 is offered every semester. English 110 is a 2-credit course that can be taken by any student for a maximum of 6 credits, though only 3 credits may count toward the PW major requirements. The remaining 1-3 credits will count as electives.