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Being a college student can be stressful enough on its own. What can be even more stressful is studying a field that is prone to so many changes as time goes on. Journalism as a field has gone through many changes with the popularity of technology becoming more and more relevant with every day life. Because of all of the factors that have gone into this (blogging, technology, multimedia, etc.) I thought it would be interesting to read into whether degrees for Journalism are still relevant. In order to do this I read an article on mediashifter.org.

I found this article interesting because they surveyed Journalism educators and professionals to see the difference between the opinion of the two. Another thing that I found interesting was the fact that this article addressed the idea of updating the classroom when it comes to teaching Journalism, while possibly starting to offer classes on things like ethics in Journalism to more than just students. I wonder what might happen if these changes were made to the world of Journalism.

Personally, I believe that it is important to get a degree in Journalism because there are certain aspects of the field, such as AP style, that is taught in classes that are definitely important to how well a writer writes. I feel that I have definitely benefited from going to school to learn the foundation of Journalism and how to apply it in my real life and career.

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3 thoughts on “Do Journalists Actually Need a Journalism Degree?

  1. What an interesting article! I have to admit a bias towards degrees, that they have value: I learned how to interview, pick out key points in documents, and write within AP style. A mentor can teach those skills, but it still takes a lot of practice to handle working on a weekly, much less a daily.

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    1. I would definitely agree! There are things that I have learned in my degree path that I don’t think I would have without going to school for Journalism. Thanks for reading and sharing your views with me!

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