What Can I Do with a Journalism Degree?

What can I do with a Journalism degree?

Penned by Arundhati Sarkar, this is an excellent insight into various career options which can be pursued post a journalism degree. Read on.

Journalism is a demanding field that requires dedicated professionals who are pro-active, passionate and have powerful presentation skills.

A growing number of colleges and universities in India and abroad, offer short certificate courses and full time degree in journalism, to help professionals understand how the media functions. Journalism is exciting, enthralling and emerging.

A formal degree in Journalism mixes industry-specific courses with broad exposure to the arts and humanities.

Students enrolled in journalism courses learn news editing, media writing, reporting, and ethics. Depending on their specializations, journalism students can also enrol in some highly focused media classes.

So, what can you do with a degree in Journalism?

While many who choose to pursue Journalism in their Bachelor or Master Degree Schools hope to become television, newspaper, or magazine reporters, there are a range of other careers available to individuals aspiring to join this field.

MyTrustedTutor.com in this article, lists for you jobs that a Journalism Degree can earn you.


The most talked about role known in journalism. The career graph of most journalists starts with being a reporter. The successful journalist we see on screen today, started off as reporters for several print dailies.

Reporters work on primary news gathering, are assigned stories by their editors, or work on their preferred beats.

Reporting doesn’t stop at just news gathering, it requires follow up leads, conducting interviews, and producing research that can be written into stories by staff writers and editors. Reporters also deliver their findings directly to audiences in broadcast operations.


The News Editor is one of the most important persons in the newsroom. In a newspaper, he has the duty to plan a daily newspaper. An ideal news editor manages to get all the obvious stories into his paper with a good proportion of them as exclusives.

The news editor performs the final scrutiny of important news stories submitted by different correspondents, feature writers and freelancers. The editors give special attention to the facts and figures in the articles, and check-up their accuracy from the authentic source.

As journalists check in with their managing editors, the editors suggest new leads and help shape story ideas. Editors may also contribute their own work to newspapers or magazines. Editors both in print and television require creativity, the ability to work well with others and organizational skills. 

News Analyst

The job of a News Analysts is to advise journalists about trending news and what can be made the day’s agenda out of the bigger trend.

Analysts help editors research and outline content of a publication by understanding audience interest in a particular story. Analysts also write columns to share their insight directly with the public.

Program Director

The role of a program director in broadcast is similar to that of an editor in chief of a daily newspaper. The program director also trains on-air talent. They shape the overall content and presentation of a broadcast program.

Monitoring the effectiveness of locally produced content as well as network feeds are on the table of a program director.  Upon understanding audience interests and civic duties, program directors strive to capture large audiences with convincing stories of different kinds.

Foreign News Correspondent

The job of a Foreign News Correspondent is much the same as that of a reporter, stationed in a particular country. Foreign correspondents are journalists or commentators who gather and analyze events of international importance, interview leaders, and collect background information and details of events.

They write news stories for newspapers, magazines, and radio and television broadcasts. They work in the field, in a foreign news head office or both. Being posted in another country means, the journalist in a sense is “on call” 24 hours a day, to provide fresh news.

There are chances that a correspondent will be posted to a region of conflict or war. There are foreign correspondents’ clubs all over the world.

News Blogger/Columnist

A columnist specializes in writing editorial articles that focus on a particular area. Like with all journalistic careers, political columnists are increasingly turning to blogs and other online publications. With expertise in writing about government policies, cricket, politics, development, etc., one can choose to become a columnist.

Their columns may appear in newspapers, magazines or on websites. Some columnists write a column every day, while others may only write columns once a week or once per month, depending on the needs of their publishers.

News Bloggers research and write articles in a conversational style, which engages readers. They respond promptly to blog comments and email. A news blogger can use a blog to share his ideas, thoughts, expertise, or interests. Therefore, a blogger is someone that writes his ideas and thoughts online.

Besides the above mentioned professions, a career in journalism can open many doors to the graduates.  A degree in journalism provides skills to deliver current information to audiences in a variety of media.

Some of the other career choices one can make with a degree in journalism are: Freelance Writer, Photojournalist, Sports Journalist, Copywriter, Public Relations Specialist, Technical Writer, and Media Relations Specialist.

Arundhati Sarkar


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