Major in Journalism - An Overview

Journalism is extremely interesting and challenging, but field-oriented subject. To learn journalism, you have to go out and get your hands dirty. But the reward is worth the pain.

All over the United States, there are numerous prestigious universities that offer Journalism as a major subject, like- Columbia University and Syracuse University in NY, Florida University and University of California- Berkley to name a few. These universities are highly placed in U.S. News and world report’s rankings. There are 117 accredited journalism schools across the nation. These institutes are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) that  accredits programs in journalism and mass communications at colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico and outside the country. With right training and education you can become successful journalist, we have put together guide to journalism major and it’s per right from high schools so flip the section back and forth to explore.

Why study journalism?

  • Do you have an inquisitive mind?
  • Do you love to put your thoughts into paper or dream of a career where you will get paid for asking questions and analyzing situations, in front of the camera?
Then Journalism is for you. As only, Journalism can give you the liberty to be inquisitive, to travel a lot, to meet lots of interesting people, and making money while doing all that.  But we will discuss the monetary part later.

How to hone your skills as a would-be journalist

If you are planning to be a journalist, you need to hone your skills along with study-
  • It’s better to do a double major on a completely different subject along with journalism, like computer science or politics. It will broaden your prospects and view.

  • Gather some experience- it may be writing for college magazine, presenting in a local news channel or radio station, or try some internship jobs where you will experience the life after college, before-hand.

  • Increase your networking skills too.

  • And lastly, US’s most prestigious media companies are located in NY or in some major cities like LA, Atlanta, or Washington DC. So you must be able to relocate there, once you finish your education.

Journalism Degrees

Following are the Journalism Degrees available:
  • Associates Degree in Journalism
  • Bachelors Degree in Journalism
  • Journalism Classes
  • Journalism Courses
  • Journalism Training

Career opportunities of a Journalism Major

As journalism major, you have numbers of career opportunities before you -
  • Newspaper Reporter
  • Broadcast News Analyst
  • Online magazine and website writer
  • Book Editor for a publishing house.
  • Copywriter in an advertising agency
  • Technical writer

Employability and Pay of  Journalism Major

Here given Quick Facts about News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists Career in USA according to BLS.Gov
2021 Median Pay: $48,370 per year or $23.26 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: None
On-the-job Training: None
Number of Jobs, 2021: 47,100
Job Outlook, 2021-31: -9% (Decline)
Employment Change, 2021-31: -4,100

Also many journalists, along with their regular job, work in side projects like-
  • Freelance writer
  • Book deals
  • Motivational speaker ( though you need to rank high in experience for that )
  • Regular columns or TV appearances – depending your contacts and experience.
Let it be clear that the journalism industry itself, is shrinking due to  recession, web advancement and merge ups; leading to mass lay-offs. At starting, you may find jobs in lower positions or get paid poorly – but if you keep patience and be really good in your craft- Journalism as a profession can be highly rewarding in the long term.
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