About the Journalism Major
If you love to read, write, and interview people, then journalism might be the perfect major for you! Students majoring in journalism take many courses focused on reading, writing, reporting, and communication. Courses explore subjects such as critical analysis of mass media, media ethics, news reporting, and magazine writing, just to name a few. Journalism students learn how to interact with people for potential interviews, conduct research, write reports for companies and stations, and stay updated on current events around the world.
Generally, journalists define themselves by how they tell a story. The journalism industry contains a few different types of mediums that students can choose to emphasize or specialize in, including print journalism, photojournalism, broadcast journalism, or the new and fast-growing area of multimedia journalism. If you don't know what specific area you like right away, that's okay. Start by taking a range of journalism classes to find out what you're most interested in. Alternatively, you can keep your studies general and develop a range of skills across all mediums.
Journalism graduates have entered careers in traditional media, new media, public relations, advertising, and broadcasting. They can excel in many positions, including as an editor, reporter, copywriter, biographer, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and many more. Most positions require a bachelor's degree, but some might require a master's or doctoral degree. To increase your chances of landing a job right after college, students are highly encouraged to take on internships that are writing- and/or reading-based. Internships that include editing, content development, and blogging are great ways for journalism majors to prepare for the working world -- not to mention they're impressive additions to any resume.