You’re Still Allowed to Major in Journalism

For most recent graduates who studied journalism, the road ahead has been painted jagged, rough, and tiresome. Even worse, for many recent high school graduates entering into college, or veterans going back to school, this same journalism-major reputation has carried over. According to United Professionals writer Barbara Ehrenreich, journalism is a “dying industry.”

When embarking on a new career (or a first career), it is sometimes hard to see the job opportunities that exist in journalism. With the decline of newspapers and reporters, many are left wondering: What else is there? Unfortunately this question has deterred many away from a major in journalism, but if journalism is what you love, do not give up hope.According to Business Insider writer Michael Mandel, “we may be headed into a Golden Age of Journalism, where the combination of the falling cost of communications and the high demand for news just opens up all sorts of possibilities for doing journalism in different ways.” The tricky thing about majoring in journalism is the idea of these “different ways.” Many job postings mention nothing about “journalism,” yet will hire journalism majors; for good reason. Consider three reasons journalism is a passion worth pursuing.

Journalism majors possess writing skills that every single company can benefit from, and companies are catching on to this fact. Look into advertising agencies, insurance companies, or even education and find out who writes their press releases and content for their website (because every good company has a website!) Even though these jobs are not in the industry you expected, they also need you.

Consider why newspapers and magazines are, in general, declining. If you said because of the internet, you are correct. This does not mean that journalism jobs are gone; this simply means they have moved online. When looking for jobs, look for titles like “internet publishing” and “web search entry.”

Major newspapers such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal will always be around. If this truly is your dream job, do not shy away from a major in journalism because you don’t think you’ll be able to get there. Working your way up in the journalism world does not require you to work at a small town newspaper.

Internships, freelance writing, and internet content production will be enough to get you to the top. As long as you’re writing, writing well, and have something to show for it, you have all the tools you need to walk into a major newspaper with confidence.

So whether you have a child considering journalism or you yourself are considering going back to school, if writing is what you love to do, do not count this major out. If nothing else, ponder the opinion Meranda Watling, reporter and creator of Meranda Writes, gives when she says, “Being a reporter means your job will be cooler than 95 percent of the kids you went to high school with.”

Your dream job may take longer to find, but you will have opportunities beforehand to keep you busy, interested, and cool.

About Amanda DiSilvestro

Amanda DiSilvestro is a writer on Resource Nation’s Merchant Credit Card Processing website based in San Diego, California. She writes extensively on purchasing and outsourcing decisions for small business owners and entrepreneurs looking for credit card processing services at Resource Nation.

 

 

 

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Jeremy Porter has been passionate about the intersection of public relations and journalism since studying both Public Relations and Journalism at Utica College of Syracuse University in the late 90s. Porter launched Journalistics in 2009 to share his ideas and insights around both professions and how trends and developments in modern day marketing, communications, and technology impact those working in these fields. Porter also values the traditions and history of both professions and regularly shares his perspective in these areas - and related topics geared toward the next generation of journalism and public relations professionals.

5 Comments

  1. Great article. I’m going into my final year of Journalism and finding it difficult to discover the direction I should be heading in. I’ve recently begun looking outside the conventional employment venues that are associated with journalism and came across this post. It gives me hope that I will come across something that I can hold on to and work with.

  2. I’m so happy to hear that this post has inspired you Matthew. I’m a recent graduate myself, and I understand that a lot of people might give you doubtful looks. I feel like this makes it easy to doubt yourself, and quite honestly when you’re in school doubting yourself fits in well with everything you’re probably hearing. Until you begin looking for jobs, you really don’t know what to expect in terms of the job market. Don’t worry, I’m POSITIVE you will find it more uplifting than anything, including this article, that you are hearing in school!

  3. A lot of jobs and internships I have applied for actually state they expect someone with a journalism degree to apply. From public relations, to social media, to production, and the whole communication field, you can get jobs with a degree in journalism. This whole “don’t get a journalism degree…” is only spoken by people who don’t know how to apply themselves.

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