Career Profiles: Journalism

CSULB Department of Journalism

Journalists gather, prepare, and communicate information to be presented through newspapers, magazines, trade publications, radio, television, news services, and public relations publications and the new media-computer services. An aptitude for presenting information in an accurate, succinct, effective manner is extremely important. Persons aspiring to journalism careers should be able to organize their thoughts and to express themselves clearly both orally and in writing. A bachelor's degree is required for entry into most fields of journalism. Additional course work, specialized training or experience, fieldwork or internship increases one's opportunities in the field. For teaching in the California Public schools, an additional year of education course work, including student teaching, is required. Increasingly, advanced degrees are becoming important, especially for college or university teaching.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Copy Writer
  • Critic
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Freelance Writer
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writer
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Newscaster
  • Photojournalist
  • Proofreader
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Radio/TV Scriptwriter
  • Reporter
  • Sports Writer
  • Technical Writer

Where Employed:

  • Advertising/public relations firms
  • Entertainment industry
  • Government agencies
  • Law firms
  • Libraries
  • News agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Publishing companies
  • Religious presses
  • Self-employment
  • Trade newspapers
  • University presses

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