Journalism

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What can I do with this major?

Area

Employers

Strategies

Newspaper Publishing

  • Reporting
  • Editorial/Column
  • Writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Photojournalism
  • Circulation
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Production
  • Sports

Large circulation newspapers

Local newspapers

Wire services

Trade newspapers

Online publishers

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.

Magazine/Newsletter Publishing

  • 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.

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

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.

Book Publishing

  • Editing
    Sales
    Promotion
    Publicity
    Production
    Subsidiary Rights

Publishers including: Tradebooks, Children’s books, Paperbacks, Textbooks

Book clubs

University presses

Religious presses

Technical, scientific, or medical presses

Internet sites

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.

Writing

  • Technical Writing
  • Creative Writing

Hardware and software manufacturers/developers

Technical industries

Technical publications (journals, magazines and websites)

Research laboratories

Government agencies

Self-employed/Freelance

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)

Business

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

Advertising agencies

Corporate advertising or public relations departments

Media companies (e.g., Turner Broadcasting)

Non-profit organizations

Colleges and universities

Labor unions

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.

Education

  • Secondary
  • Post-Secondary
  • Publication Advising

Public or private high schools

Colleges and universities

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.

Strategies for placement in Journalism

  • 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.

Links


National Press Photographers Association - Careers in Photojournalism 
Careers in Journalism (American Society of Newspaper Editors) 
Magazine Publishers of America 
Newslink 
Job Center at Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE) 
Journalism Jobs 
American Journalism Review 
Quintessential Careers' Guide to Writing and Journalism Jobs 
Public Relations Society of America