Print Journalism

What Can I Do With A Major In Print Journalism?

Journalists play a key role in our society. They gather information and prepare stories that inform us about local, state, national and international events. They present points of view on current issues, report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, special interest groups, and others who exercise power.

Most employers prefer individuals with a degree in journalism or mass communications, but some hire graduates with other majors. They look for experience on newspapers or magazines and internships with news organizations. Large-city publications may prefer candidates with a second major in a subject-matter specialty such as economics, political science, or business. Some large publications may hire only experienced reporters.

Employers report that practical experience is the most important part of education and training. Upon graduation many students have already gained much practical experience through part-time or summer jobs or through internships with news organizations. Most newspapers, magazines, and news organizations offer reporting and editing internships. Work on high school and college newspapers, or on community papers or U.S. Armed Forces publications also provides practical training.

A Sample of Related Occupations

Types of Employers

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

Technical Publication Firms
Media Relations
Public Relations Firms
Advertising Agencies
Religious Presses
Freelance Writer
Professional Associations
Academic Journals
Book Publishers
University Presses

Government Agencies

National Archives
U.S. Information Agency
Research Laboratories
U.S. Military

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Professional Associations