Journalists read documents, observe meetings and events, and interview people to gather information that is important to the general public. Then they figure out how to present it so people can understand and use it in their everyday lives. Aside from the pressure of meeting deadlines, journalists spend long hours gathering information and writing.
Most journalists are staff members at newspapers or television and radio stations. But some are freelancers -- self-employed professionals who gather and package news for many different organizations.
The B.A. degree program in journalism is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in print, broadcast and online journalism, photojournalism, public relations, and corporate communications. The program also will meet the needs of those who wish to teach journalism at the high school level or to pursue a postgraduate degree in journalism or mass communications.
Write press releases, scripts, or other promotional materials
Ability to write clearly
Present specific viewpoints
Reporting and editing skills
Create entertaining and persuasive messages
Demonstrate creativity and artistic expression
Evaluate ideas and presentation
Gather information and data
Compare and contrast evidence
Evaluate information and sources
Critical thinking skills
Measure media effects
Planning and managing skills
Work with deadlines
Attention to details
Work in teams/small groups
Click on one of the links to the right to find possible job titles, employers, and web sites related to this major.
Your major is not your career. Of course it can be.
A chemistry major can become a chemist, a history major can become an historian. But it is much more likely that your career choices will be enormously varied, and not tied to a specific major at all.
The 21st century workplace will challenge you to have many different jobs and most probably multiple careers. Your major will provide you a broad range of skills which will enable you to stay marketable in the fast-changing work world.
As you explore majors, be sure and take advantage of the following areas: college course bulletin, professors, upperclassmen, college alumni, family, friends and your Career Development Center Networking Program -- most importantly, don't panic! We're here to help.
In addition to the majors listed at the right, IU Southeast offers a number of certificate programs and academic minors to help students round out or expand their academic profile.
Learn more about our certificate programs and minors.