What Can I Do with a Major in...Journalism

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AREAS
NEWSPAPER PUBLISHING
Reporting
Editorial/Column Writing
Investigative Journalism
Editing
Proofreading
Photojournalism
Circulation
Marketing/Promotion
Production
Sports

EMPLOYERS
Large circulation newspapers
Local newspapers
Wire services
Trade newspapers
Online publishers

STRATEGIES
Obtain a summer job or internship with newspaper. Work with college newspaper,
yearbook, or alumni publication. Take an active role, preferably leadership,
in journalism organizations. Demonstrate curiosity, high energy level, ability
to produce under pressure and withstand criticism. Develop excellent grammar
and writing skills. Create a portfolio of writing samples, especially those
that have been published. Seek opportunities for recognition and networking
through writing contests and freelance writing submissions. Build relationships
with campus and community leaders as well as athletes for interview opportunities
and experience.

AREAS
MAGAZINE/NEWSLETTER PUBLISHING
Writing
Editing
Advertising/Sales
Promotion
Circulation
Design, Art, and Production
Investigative Journalism
Photojournalism

EMPLOYERS
Major publishers
Consumer magazines
News magazines
Specialized magazines
Technical and industrial publications
Professional publications/associations
Merchandising and trade publications
Labor unions
Academic journals
Corporate in-house publications
Religious organizations

STRATEGIES
Secure internship with publisher. Work on campus publications. Find part-time
or summer job with newspaper, magazine, or print shop. Obtain sales experience.
Join a professional journalism organization. Demonstrate creative spirit, writing
skills, verbal skills, and proofreading ability. Create a portfolio of writing
samples. Consider obtaining a minor in photography for photojournalistic specialty.

AREAS
BOOK PUBLISHING
Editing
Sales
Promotion
Publicity
Production
Subsidiary Rights

EMPLOYERS
Publishers including: Tradebooks, Children’s books, Paperbacks, Textbooks
Book clubs
University presses
Religious presses
Technical, scientific, or medical presses
Internet sites

STRATEGIES
Attend summer publishing institute to sharpen skills and build contacts. Become
familiar with word processing, desktop publishing and web page design.
Gain knowledge of printing and production. Work with local or regional magazines
and campus publications. Work as sales clerk or book buyer in campus or local
bookstore. Supplement coursework with technical writing courses for opportunities
with technical, scientific, and medical publications.

AREAS
WRITING
Technical Writing
Creative Writing

EMPLOYERS
Hardware and software manufacturers/developers
Technical industries
Technical publications (journals, magazines and websites)
Research laboratories
Government agencies
Self-employed/Freelance

STRATEGIES
Work on college newspaper or campus publication. Join professional journalism
or communications organizations. Develop excellent word processing skills.
Perfect clear and concise writing abilities. Demonstrate patience, flexibility,
and creativity. Begin submitting manuscripts, essays, articles, etc. for possible
publication immediately. Read widely in area of talent and/or interest (e.g.,
mystery novels, poetry)

AREAS
BUSINESS
Advertising
Public Relations
Special Events
Media Relations
Fund Raising
Business Writing
Account Services
Print Production
Management
Administration

EMPLOYERS
Advertising agencies
Corporate advertising or public relations departments
Media companies (e.g., Turner Broadcasting)
Non-profit organizations
Colleges and universities
Labor unions

STRATEGIES
Work in sales at campus newspaper, television, or radio station. Obtain business
experience. Complete internship at market research firm. Hone public speaking
skills. Seek part-time or summer job with campus public relations or sports
information department.

AREAS
EDUCATION
Secondary
Post-Secondary
Publication Advising

EMPLOYERS
Public or private high schools
Colleges and universities

STRATEGIES
Obtain state teacher certification for high school teaching opportunities.
Consider obtaining certification to teach additional subjects such as foreign
language, social studies, or English. Actively participate in campus newspaper
and yearbook publications. Volunteer to assist local high school students and
sponsors with publications. Obtain graduate degree (Masters and/or Doctorate)
for college and university teaching opportunities.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Internships are crucial in obtaining experience, building relationships and
reality testing career choices.

Begin cultivating creative talents as soon as possible. Develop a portfolio
of creative materials related to career goals.

Demonstrate enthusiasm, interpersonal skills, team work, integrity, good judgment,
and intelligence.

Experience with campus publications is a must.

Develop excellent writing and grammar skills.

Choose the most writing intensive coursework possible.

Read extensively in areas of interest.

Be prepared to begin a journalism career in a small market, performing entry-level
tasks before moving to larger markets and positions with more creative freedom
and responsibility.

 

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of
Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA
/ADEA Employer

Contact Career Planning

Carol Cullinan, Director
ccullinan@medaille.edu

Kimberly A. Partyka, Secretary
kap338@medaille.edu

Career Planning
Medaille College
18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, New York 14214
(716) 880-2210

 

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