What to do with a Journalism Degree

A university emphasis in journalism provides a student with the skills and the insight to research and deliver current information to audiences through a variety of media. Journalists learn to use traditional storytelling techniques to relate news and information in converged print, radio, television, film, and online media.

Check out the BHSU Journalism DepartmentJournalism students learn to present information to the public accurately, briefly and clearly. Students learn important skills in law, ethics, and research that contribute to professional delivery of information to their audiences.

Many journalism students put their degrees to use in the professional newsrooms of television networks, radio stations, and daily newspapers. Other journalism majors graduate to roles in private industry, where they help companies use the tools of the news media to effectively tell their stories and communicate with their customers.

Career Descriptions

News Analysts
News Analysts also called newscasters or news anchors—examine, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources. News anchors present news stories and introduce videotaped news or live transmissions from on-the-scene reporters. News correspondents report on news occurring in the large U.S. and foreign cities where they are stationed.

 

Sports Information Director
Sports Information Director is responsible for the various sources of media attention to the teams or facilities including writing and printing game schedules, promoting attendance to sporting events, working with outside and in-house media coverage, and arranging and planning advertising and information to play-offs and state championships if the team progresses. This may include producing brochures, posters, newspaper releases, advertising campaigns and even organizing buses and transportation for fans and families of the players.

 

News Writer
News writers write a story from information collected and submitted by reporters.

 

Reporter
Reporters investigate leads and news tips, look at documents, observe events at the scene, and interview people. Reporters take notes and also may take photographs or shoot videos. At their office, they organize the material, determine the focus or emphasis, write their stories, and edit accompanying video material. Many reporters enter information or write stories using laptop computers and electronically submit the material to their offices from remote locations.

 

Copywriter
Whenever you watch an advertisement on television, hear one on the radio or read one in the newspaper, a copywriter developed the message being delivered. If you're naturally persuasive and creative and can cram a lot of convincing information into a few words, this job should grab your attention.

 

News Editor
News Editors check for accuracy, content, grammar and style. Their primary duty is to plan publications' content while taking into account what's likely to appeal to readers. They also assign topics to reporters and oversee the publication's production.

 

Technical Writer
Technical Writers are responsible for writing any type of document as required by a client. Most technical writers specialize in an area of expertise such as safety standards, computers, vehicle maintenance manuals, or virtually any other type of subject matter. Technical writers are responsible for taking the very difficult to understand technical language and breaking it down into easy to read and understand language for the target user group.

 

Content Producer
Content producers combine their communication backgrounds with strong technical skills and a knack for working well under pressure. They are responsible for producing new content and proofreading content from others.

 

Book Editor
Book Editors have a variety of duties which may include planning the content of books. They review and edit drafts of books, offer comments to improve the work, and suggest possible titles. Their primary responsibility is to review proposals for books and decide whether to buy the publication rights from the author.

 

Grant Writer
Grant writers research, develop and author grant proposals on behalf of their employers - corporations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government agencies. This process entails becoming familiar with the organization and its projects/programs, financial/budgeting details, finding potential funding to apply for, and compiling, writing, editing and monitoring the grant application process.

 

PR Specialist
PR specialists handle organizational functions such as media, community, consumer, industry, and governmental relations; political campaigns; interest-group representation; conflict mediation; and employee and investor relations. They draft press releases and contact people in the media who might print or broadcast their material. They also arrange and conduct programs to keep up contact between organization representatives and the public.

 

Publication Specialist
Publication specialists plan, develop and create graphic designs, layouts and treatments for public information outreach and related materials, including brochures, fact sheets, advertisements, the Annual Report, forms, and brochures.   They also coordinate production deadlines for text, photographs and special features.