Early College





Douglas Trouten

Chair, Department of Communication, Associate Professor of Journalism

Doug Trouten spent two decades as a working journalist before becoming a college professor. He edited the Minnesota Christian Chronicle, an award-winning newspaper, and directed the EP News Service, which fed news stories to more than 200 Christian media outlets. In addition to his teaching, he also holds a unique position in the field of Christian journalism as executive director of the Evangelical Press Association, whose members produce some 300 Christian magazines and newspapers with a combined circulation of more than 20 million.

He has published thousands of articles in dozens of periodicals. His work has appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and in various magazines including CCM, Charisma, Christian Communicator, Christianity Today, Command, Plain Truth, Southern California Christian Times, World, and Worship Leader.

Doug is married and has three children.

Specialty Areas

  • Religion writing
  • Print journalism
  • Mass media as social institutions
  • Media bias
  • Effective web-based communication

Department and Teaching Responsibilities

Department chair; Advisor to The Column; Writing for Mass Media, Community Journalism, Religion Writing, Opinion Writing, Publication Production, Investigative Reporting, Freelance Journalism, Mass Media, Web Content Strategy, Writing for the Web

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., University of Minnesota;
M.A., University of Minnesota;
Graduate studies, Wheaton Graduate School;
B.A., Crown College

Professional Accomplishments


  • M.A. Thesis – "The Development of Professionalism in the Evangelical Press Association"
  • Ph.D. Dissertation – "From Print to Pixels: Exploitation of the Internet's Potential by Print Periodical Publishers"


  • Speaker:  Evangelical Press Association Conference
  • Speaker: Baptist Student Press Association Conference
  • Speaker: World Journalism Institute Conference
  • Speaker: Minnesota Writer's Guild
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