Is journalism a good major

<p>Looking at colleges I've thought about what I want to do with the rest of my life and I was looking at business schools, I've looked into business, its really the safe way to go, but I don't want to do that at all. I want to do something I love, and I've always loved writing and researching news events, and it hit me... Journalism. I know I like to do it, but i hear it is a difficult industry to break into, and it is tough to be in. Do journalism jobs not pay well? Is it a hard industry to get into out of college?</p>

<p>I'm still a high school senior, so I have little idea what the job market actually looks like.</p>

<p>I can tell you, however, that journalism is probably not a good choice. My family knows of several current journalism seniors at HYPSM who have been struggling to find employment, and among those that have graduated, even the ones that land jobs at top publications (e.g. NYTimes) don't exactly have fantastic pay.</p>

<p>In fact, The Daily Beast recently named journalism the most useless college major: Useless</a> College Majors, From Journalism to Psychology to Theater - The Daily Beast</p>

<p>yes it is hard to get into, as far as I know.
and wages are lower, but you do get travel expenses, and are always on the move. Life is actualy great for journalists.....most end up becoming writers midwauy through their careers for some reason though.
basically it all depeends on what kind of journalism you want to do. I would kill to be an investigative journalist, but life seems to have a different path set for me.</p>

<p>^^ Interesting...</p>

<p>Yes, it's extremely hard to get into. Yes, the pay isn't particularly "good". Have you ever written for a school newspaper or anything? I highly recommend that you only get into journalism if you really can't see yourself doing anything else.</p>

<p>Most reputable schools of journalism these days require students to have an area of expertise outside of journalism. Double majoring, or major and minor, is the way to go, with the understanding that most journalists do not end up working as reporters. Lots of people with the degree go into corporate communications, PR, or similar etc...</p>

<p>so say double major in journalism and economics could be a good thing to do?</p>

<p>Daughter is a journalism major at Medill at Northwestern and loves it. As we move away from print, there are a lot of cutting edge things going on in top schools. She sent me a video production today of a news story she did as a freshman. Pretty neat.</p>

<p>Journalism is a career that can make you a whole lot of money, or not..</p>

<p>"yes it is hard to get into, as far as I know.
and wages are lower, but you do get travel expenses, and are always on the move. Life is actualy great for journalists.....most end up becoming writers midwauy through their careers for some reason though.
basically it all depeends on what kind of journalism you want to do. I would kill to be an investigative journalist, but life seems to have a different path set for me. "</p>

<p>What planet are you on? EVERY single newspaper has shed tons of journalists. There is such a bloated workforce. The few that remain are the cream of the crop. Counsel's daughter is the exception because NWU is the exception. The industry stinks right now.</p>

<p>There is a joke that you wrap a dead fish with a newspaper, but now you wrap a newspaper with a dead fish.</p>

<p>Journalism is moving into different mediums or having more of an emphasis on those, such as internet and television. And it is hard to get into, but hey passion is key. And in every job market there are those that don't make it and those that don't. Just make sure you have a back up plan.</p>

<p>so say majoring in economics and journalism could be a good idea and possibly getting an mba later after college?</p>

<p>Yes, journalism and economics would be a good combination. I recommend that you should major in whatever captures your imagination - but realize that your future employment may be only tangentially related to your undergraduate degree and you will need some salable skills by the time you graduate. Don't overlook internships in fields that others might not consider so you have something interesting to write about. </p>

<p>Journalist friend has parlayed her foreign language fluency and political expertise/insight into a specific country into a regular column in one of the national newspapers. Her other expertise is international water rights and that forms the basis for her second part-time job - writing for the maritime industry. She is widely read by these disparate audiences- but it is unlikely that people in one area would know that she has expertise in the other.</p>

<p>If you get into Economic journalism, you could write for wall street and get paid a hell of a lot.</p>

<p>The journalism field may not have a lot of jobs right now. However, most businesses demand solid written and verbal skills. So, to say journalism is not a good major is just plain wrong. The skills you can learn are vital to any job field you get into. </p>

<p>You can easily get into corporate communications, public relations, and a host of other fields as a result of a strong writing background.</p>

<p>If you major in journalism, it would be best to have the mindset that you may not end up being a reporter. It's hard to accept but you may have to.</p>