Communication Studies

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Whitworth 2004 Alumna Pursues Journalism Career in Nation's Capital

Journalism/mass communication major Aimee Goodwin, '04, has landed her dream job only three months after graduating from Whitworth. After completing a summer layout and design internship with The Washington Times in Washington, D.C., the paper hired her as a copy editor.

"I felt so special carrying a copy of the next day's newspaper home with me when I rode the Metro after work during my internship," Goodwin recalls. "As I read it while waiting, I always thought about how cool it was that I had access to the next day's newspaper before everyone else in the Metro station."

Goodwin's journalism background is chock-full of writing and copy-editing experience. She wrote news stories during her freshman and sophomore years for Whitworth's student newspaper, The Whitworthian, and served as its news editor her junior year. Detail-oriented and meticulous, Goodwin served as the copy editor of The Whitworthian during her senior year.

She spent part of summer 2003 as a Washington, D.C., correspondent for The Spokesman- Review, and worked as a student writer in the Office of College Communications at Whitworth. She was also the copy editor of The Phase, a student-produced online magazine for recent Whitworth alumni.

Now, as a member of The Washington Times' staff, Goodwin has new deadlines to meet in the newsroom. She credits her well-rounded journalism skills and understanding of the field of journalism to her communication studies classes at Whitworth and adds that her advisor, Associate Professor of Communication Studies Ginny Whitehouse, was extremely valuable to her as she decided which path to pursue in journalism.

Goodwin's 2003 internship, through a program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities called the Summer Institute of Journalism, allowed her to serve as a correspondent for The Spokesman-Review. Goodwin was one of 15 students from Christian colleges across the nation who participated in the summer institute.

Goodwin says that the main focus of SIJ is to help Christian students seeking to become journalists understand how to be "salt and light" in the media world and to help them view careers in journalism as vocations, ministries, and God's calling for their lives.

It's obvious that Goodwin has found her own calling to work in the newspaper business, but she admits that her new job has presented her with many challenges.

"Having my page designs, layouts and headlines changed by more seasoned editors is very humbling, I know, though, that studying these corrections will help me improve as a copy editor," says Goodwin, who adds that she is looking forward to working feverishly on the copy desk on the night of the 2004 presidential election.

Goodwin plans to continue working in the field of journalism, honing her skills and learning new ones; one day she hopes to become a seasoned editor who can teach a young, talented college graduate the tools of her trade.

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