Students learn to gather information and prepare stories that inform the public about local, State, national, and international events; present points of view on current issues; and report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, interest groups, and others who exercise power.
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The course of study leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and is transferable to liberal arts divisions at senior institutions. In order to meet specific curriculum requirements for transfer, the student should consult the catalog of the university at which he or she plans to complete the bachelor’s degree. Satisfactory completion of this course of study entitles the student to the Associate of Arts degree.
Most employers prefer individuals with a bachelor’s degree in journalism or mass communications, but some hire graduates with other majors. They look for experience at school newspapers or broadcasting stations, and internships with news organizations. Large-city newspapers and stations also may prefer candidates with a degree in a subject-matter specialty such as economics, political science, or business. Some large newspapers and broadcasters may hire only experienced reporters.
What can I expect from a career in Journalism?
In covering a story, journalists investigate leads and news tips, look at documents, observe events at the scene, and interview people. Reporters take notes and also may take photographs or shoot videos. At their office, they organize the material, determine the focus or emphasis, write their stories, and edit accompanying video material. Many reporters enter information or write stories on laptop computers and electronically submit the material to their offices from remote locations. Increasingly, reporters are asked to maintain and produce material for a newspaper’s Web site. In some cases, newswriters write a story from information collected and submitted by reporters.