Wondering whether you and a journalism degree are meant to be? Whether you have the right personality and strengths to attend J-School and pursue a career afterward? The field of journalism is evolving to coincide and the digital landscape, and numerous journalism programs are keeping pace. This willingness and drive to grow, learn and question, adapt, expand and emerge are even important for prospective journalism students and professionals. Read on to find out other reasons why majoring in journalism might, for you, be a good fit.
- You are naturally inquisitive: Few people are just naturally curious and intent on getting to the bottom of things. If you won’t stop pressing until you get the full story, a career in journalism may be perfect for you. It takes a special kind of person to not only be inquisitive but also have the ability to get information out of people who don’t want to give it up so easily. If, in addition to this, you are excited by the research-the hunt for reputable primary, secondary and tertiary sources in search of the truth-you will likely be a successful journalist.
- You like to travel: While not every journalism position requires, or enables, travel cross-country or overseas, a great deal do. Plus many journalism assignments include that sense of exploration associated with taking a trip, even if you never board a plane. Walking through a neighborhood, you will begin to notice things you never noticed before because you will always be looking for that next story. If you love excitement and are not afraid to try new things, you will likely be a good journalist. The world’s best journalists are people you are brave, greet every new person and culture, unafraid and they encounter with an open mind. If traveling a great deal for work excites you, might be getting that journalism degree isn’t such a bad idea after all.
- Telling people’s stories excites you: Do you like finding out what makes a person tick, and peeling back their layers? Do you like to listen more than talking? Deriving pleasure from getting to the bottom of someone’s story, and retailing it eloquently, is at the heart of fine journalism. So, natural storytellers, think twice before you discount pursuing a career or degree in journalism.
- You love to write: Obviously, a love of writing is a key to a career in journalism. Beyond loving to write, however, a journalist is someone who needs to write. Constantly taking notes, writing in a journal, and using the written-word to process your thoughts, are all signs that you would make a great journalist.
- You do not relate to a 9-5 office environment: News and stories do not stop happening or brewing once the conventional workday gets over. As a journalist, you will probably find yourself covering assignments and interviewing subjects at multiple times in a day. Plus as a freelancer or as a telecommuter, your home or the café down the street could be your “office” most of the time, not to mention the local or far-off places you will need to visit while working on stories.