By Philip Merrill College of Journalism Dean Lucy Dalglish
Journalism is an excellent major for many career paths. Just take a look at our new page listing the jobs our graduates are getting! Below you’ll find some answers to questions parents and potential students ask us as they consider coming to Maryland and majoring in journalism:
1) Are there still jobs for journalism majors these days?
Absolutely. When I graduated from journalism school, most students launched their careers at a local broadcast station or newspaper. Those jobs still exist, particularly for students with ultra-sharp web skills. But increasingly, graduates are creating their own journalism-related jobs. But we tend to forget that journalism schools provide outstanding preparation for a host of occupations. Today’s young journalists are outstanding writers, adept researchers, skilled photographers, creative web designers and discerning truth detectors. These attributes prepare them for careers in journalism, law, public relations, government affairs and any other occupation that requires strategic thinkers. I found that my journalism degree was the perfect preparation for law school.
2) Beyond basic skills courses, what journalism electives are more likely to prepare graduates for a good job?
Any of Merrill College’s capstone courses provide great content training. We have some fabulous capstones. But I’ve noticed that jobs are out there for business journalists. I’m probably biased, but I took many business courses in college and found them to be incredibly useful when I covered a whole host of stories. In addition, employers want reporters who can manipulate and visualize data, use databases in their reporting, and conducts high-quality investigations. And our graduates who have taken sports journalism courses are finding terrific jobs working for print and online publications, broadcast enterprises, and athletic teams and conferences.
3) What is the value of an internship these days?
I can’t imagine going out to find a journalism job without a high-quality internship under my belt. At Merrill College, our graduates often have three or four internships in newsrooms ranging from NBC News, the Washington Post and USA Today to the Frederick News Post and WBAL-TV. Our incredible location inside the Washington Beltway allows us access to journalists and newsrooms from the news capital of the world.
Looking for more information about majoring in Journalism? Take a look at our Merrill College website that has specific information about the major, how to apply and more. Or you can call us at 301-405-2399