Journalism graduates enjoy varied job opportunities inside and outside of the newsroom. Of course, a lot of people still choose traditional journalism careers at a newspaper or magazine, a TV or radio station, or even as a freelancer, photographer or editor. Yet in today’s world where innovative media organizations and the digital industry constantly evolve, more journalism-related jobs are being created than ever before. Some examples of jobs that didn’t exist a decade ago include: news apps developer, digital optimizer, senior strategist for emerging media and consumer experience director.
Studying journalism can also help you pursue other career opportunities such as working in the communications department of a nonprofit organization fighting for a cause that matters to you or in public relations and social media. Journalism not only gives you a solid academic background, but helps you develop the skills to succeed in any industry because many employers are looking for someone who can write and communicate well or who demonstrate entrepreneurial vision.
Whether your are seeking a traditional journalism job or pursuing other careers; gaining experience, keeping skills updated and developing the right mindset will help you achieve your goals. Be sure to also check out the varied career paths of alumni from the nation’s first journalism school and see how they used their journalism degrees! Below, Robert King, Senior Vice President of Editorial, Print and Digital News at ESPN, offers additional career insights to aspiring journalists.
Internships are a great way to gain skills and get noticed by future employers. Most journalism internships, both paid and unpaid, are geared toward college students, but if you’re in high school, you can still get newsroom experience. Try contacting your local newspaper, radio or TV station and ask if they would be willing to let you intern. Being in a newsroom environment will help you get a sense of what kind of journalism you might want to focus on in college. The more journalism experience you can get as a high school student, the better! Another way way to prepare for a journalism career is to attend a summer camp or workshop in your area such as those offered by scholastic press associations, universities or the Dow Jones News Fund. Once you are in college, be sure to check with your college career office for other journalism internships.
Below are some examples of jobs available to people with journalism experience, a journalism degree or both. When you are ready to look for a journalism job, be sure to check with the career center at your university.
- Journalism jobs from journalismjobs.com
- Journalism jobs a national listing from the University of California, Berkeley
- Media jobs from Mediabistro
- Public relations jobs from the Public Relations Society of America
- News apps developer
- Digital optimizer
- Senior strategist for emerging media
- Consumer experience director