Bismarck High School graduate Chase Scherr was interested in pursuing a journalism career and knew Minnesota State University Moorhead had a solid journalism program. He was impressed with the program’s facilities and learning opportunities, so it was an easy choice for the aspiring journalist. “There weren’t a lot of good journalism programs in the area that piqued my interest,” he said. His personal and encouraging visit with Professor Aaron Quanbeck helped confirm his decision to become a Dragon.
Gaining real-world skills
Chase cut his journalism chops working at MSUM’s award-winning newscast Campus News. Over the past three years, he has also worked his way up to associate editor at The Advocate, the university’s award-winning newspaper.
“I’ve learned a great deal in these real-life, hands-on experiences,” Chase said. “Most projects require a great deal of cooperative teamwork, so I’ve become a more collaborative team member.” He says his interpersonal and social skills have also improved. “I’m much more comfortable talking with people, especially reaching out to people to cover a story.”
Learning from skilled practitioners
MSUM is fortunate to employ outstanding communications professionals who bring expertise in multimedia journalism, broadcasting, advertising and public relations. Many faculty have or do work in the communications field, so students learn relevant, up-to-date practices.
“It’s easy to get to know the professors in the department (School of Communication & Journalism), and they are actively engaged in what they do. I look up to a lot of them and have good relationships where I can talk to them about anything,” Chase said. “I’ve learned a great deal about all kinds of writing and reporting, and my written and verbal communication skills have improved a lot over the past few years.”
Preparing for the future
Chase’s training and hands-on experiences have prepared him well for a career in media. He’s currently a producer for the evening and 10 p.m. newscast at WDAY TV. He’s one of many Dragon alumni working at the station, and he enjoys working with professionals who have a similar journalistic mindset.
“MSUM is a tight-knit community where students work hard,” Chase said. “There are many learning opportunities both on campus and in the community. It’s been a great place for me to grow as a person and a journalist. I’m excited for the next step in my journey.”
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