Student Media Organizations

Gaining skills and making connections through a student media organization will help you become a more well-rounded individual who’s ready to take on their future career!

The Communication and Visual Arts department enjoys a close working relationship with five award-winning student media organizations on campus, which provide students from any department concrete ways to expand and apply their skill sets — including paid opportunities. Students involved in the media organizations expand their portfolios and professional networks, build lasting friendships, and have fun!


The Beacon

The Beacon is Valparaiso University’s annual yearbook, where students work together to produce a book that best represents our campus community for that year. At the Beacon, students can pursue opportunities in photography, graphic design, and copywriting. Working both individually and as a team provides opportunities to grow communication skills while gaining valuable experience producing a yearbook where our Valpo memories live on.

The Lighter

The Lighter is the University’s literary and arts magazine that captures imaginative works by students across campus. Any student who is interested in publishing their poem, prose, or art only needs to submit their work for review. Students can also get involved by joining The Lighter staff as a graphic designers, editors, and more. The magazine is released twice a year, once each semester, and distributed for free. This is one of the best ways for students from all departments to come together and create a piece of their own Valpo legacy.

The Torch

The Torch weekly student newspaper covers events on and off campus. Students from every degree program are encouraged to get involved. The publication offers paid writing, editing, photography, and editing opportunities as well as editorial staff positions for experienced participants interested in a leadership role.

VUTV, Channel 15

VUTV production studio operates as a professional television station, including opportunities for students to be cameramen, station managers, news anchors, and reporters. Students from any degree program can become involved. Every TV on campus can access this student-run station on cable channel 15.

WVUR-FM, The Source 95

WVUR-FM, The Source 95, is Valparaiso University’s professional radio station. Students can develop their own radio shows, broadcast Valparaiso University sports, DJ, and more. WVUR looks for staff who can contribute creative ideas and keep radio relevant on Valpo’s diverse campus. Opportunities are open to students of all majors who learn as they participate.