silaiestatira
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I want to ultimately pursue a job in journalism (preferably investigative) but I'm not entirely sure what degree I should secure to get there.

Would I be better off doing Journalism in itself as a degree? I've spoken to journalists who advise in not doing that. They say that news corporations prefer people who hold a specialised degree because they want an individual who is well versed and informed in their area of journalism. They argued that the skills required for journalism aren't hard to pick up in the early stage and what you need is a solid understanding of writing and writing techniques - something most people aspiring to be journalists tend to have anyway.

Others however disagree and claim that, to be a successful journalist, you need to have at least a degree in journalism because of the varied types off journalism and the multiple skills and techniques you need to be taught.

Which of the following do you think would be better suited for a future in journalism, or a better degree in general?



  • International Relations + Middle Eastern Studies
  • Politics & Economic & Social History
  • PPE
  • Politics/International Relations and History
  • Journalism
  • Journalism, Professional Writing and International Relations


Thanks in advance (:
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DONT do a degree in Journalism!

All the Journalists you have ever heard of did a solid subject degree in English, History, Economics, Politics, Sociology, Development Studies, Social Policy, IR, Economics, Law etc.and worked their butt off at Uni writing for any student publication they can find etc etc. Then they get onto an accredited training scheme or a graduate training place at the BBC and used their graduate ability with facts, stats and opinions as they worked their way up.

The Journalism courses at Unis are pretty rubbish and are a cynical way for many low level Unis to make money out of the gullible. They are a waste of time and will not make you any more employable than someone who did any other degree.

Dont waste your money!
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DONT do a degree in Journalism!

All the Journalists you have ever heard of did a solid subject degree in English, History, Economics, Politics, Sociology, Development Studies, Social Policy, IR, Economics, Law etc.and worked their butt off at Uni writing for any student publication they can find etc etc. Then they get onto an accredited training scheme or a graduate training place at the BBC and used their graduate ability with facts, stats and opinions as they worked their way up.

The Journalism courses at Unis are pretty rubbish and are a cynical way for many low level Unis to make money out of the gullible. They are a waste of time and will not make you any more employable than someone who did any other degree.

Dont waste your money!
Thanks for your response, I thought a similar way and was pretty set in not doing a degree in journalism until a few uni lecturers convinced me otherwise and confused me further.

Thank you, i'll definitely be following up on your advice (:
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Thanks for your response, I thought a similar way and was pretty set in not doing a degree in journalism until a few uni lecturers convinced me otherwise and confused me further.
They will - because they want to 'sell' you their course. Be very aware of this!
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