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I was considering a media or History degree, I want to go into teaching or editing a magazine or journalism, I enjoy both however, I think I will find media easier therefore it will be easier to pass but I don't think that should matter or should it, I'm not sure. However I am unsure of what exactly I want to do in the future, so which degree will be more useful in terms of future prospects do you think?
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Here's a few things which may seem harsh realities, but you need to start recognising now. Plus this is mainly about the media/journalism side of things as that's where my knowledge is.

1) Don't bump your post after just one hour, people will get round to responding and this isn't an instant service

2) Make a decision teaching or the media sector, and make it now. Plus the media industry is not easy to get a career in due to much of it involving freelance work, quite the opposite of teaching which is in a desperate need for new people. However don't let this put you off. All I'm saying is choose one or the other.

3) I'm not entirely sure a history degree will get you anywhere you want to go. And likewise neither will a media degree alone. If you want to work at a magazine company or in journalism, do a Journalism course. Don't waste your time with some non-accredited 3 year jolly playing with equipment, there won't be a job waiting at the end of it, if I'm brutally honest. It's time to get serious and get that degree will help you get there. Choose an NCTJ accredited degree for journalism. Plus don't forget, there are plenty of 'Magazine Journalism' degrees around, so have a look at them.

4) No degree should be easy to pass, and if it is. It's a waste of £9250 a year.

NCTJ accredited undergrad courses:
http://www.nctj.com/journalism-quali...s#coursesearch

Any more questions post back.
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humanitarian/arts degrees are pointless.
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Here's a few things which may seem harsh realities, but you need to start recognising now. Plus this is mainly about the media/journalism side of things as that's where my knowledge is.

1) Don't bump your post after just one hour, people will get round to responding and this isn't an instant service

2) Make a decision teaching or the media sector, and make it now. Plus the media industry is not easy to get a career in due to much of it involving freelance work, quite the opposite of teaching which is in a desperate need for new people. However don't let this put you off. All I'm saying is choose one or the other.

3) I'm not entirely sure a history degree will get you anywhere you want to go. And likewise neither will a media degree alone. If you want to work at a magazine company or in journalism, do a Journalism course. Don't waste your time with some non-accredited 3 year jolly playing with equipment, there won't be a job waiting at the end of it, if I'm brutally honest. It's time to get serious and get that degree will help you get there. Choose an NCTJ accredited degree for journalism. Plus don't forget, there are plenty of 'Magazine Journalism' degrees around, so have a look at them.

4) No degree should be easy to pass, and if it is. It's a waste of £9250 a year.

NCTJ accredited undergrad courses:
http://www.nctj.com/journalism-quali...s#coursesearch

Any more questions post back.
Yeah I shouldn't have bumped I'm sorry. Thank you for the advice. I will not be taking a media degree I just wanted more knowledge about it as it seemed to intrest me but not enough so I wanted more opinions. However, why wouldnt a history degree take me into journalism? If I get some work experience first of course, and I've heard its better to have a degree in english or history as it teachers many skills for journalism or is history not looked at highly anymore? I would appricate your feedback, thank you
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humanitarian/arts degrees are pointless.
if the poster is thinking of going into teaching, a degree in History will have an obvious usefulness: will allow him/her to do a PGCE in History and become a History teacher. More generally, lots of companies and as well the civil service &c. will require a degree in any subject for [obviously, graduate-] entry. A History or Journalism degree would there serve as well as any other.

True as well is that these degrees can be interesting and even fun.
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I was considering a media or History degree, I want to go into teaching or editing a magazine or journalism, I enjoy both however, I think I will find media easier therefore it will be easier to pass but I don't think that should matter or should it, I'm not sure. However I am unsure of what exactly I want to do in the future, so which degree will be more useful in terms of future prospects do you think?
do digital media
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humanitarian/arts degrees are pointless.
Each to their own. It depends on what you want to do
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if the poster is thinking of going into teaching, a degree in History will have an obvious usefulness: will allow him/her to do a PGCE in History and become a History teacher. More generally, lots of companies and as well the civil service &c. will require a degree in any subject for [obviously, graduate-] entry. A History or Journalism degree would there serve as well as any other.

True as well is that these degrees can be interesting and even fun.
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My opinion is that history is very limiting. You WON'T and I mean this in the most open way possible. You won't get into Journalism with some skills and a history degree. If you want a journalism degree, you would want skills such as shorthand and media ethics and law. If you don't have this, no one will employ you. You'd be too much of a risk for anyone to. Sure, if you like writing articles and digital journalism, go do that, and then if a position is available, specialise later, into a history magazine for example. It works one way but not the other, sorry.
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If it's not challenging (which it still will be - even a seemingly simple hair and makeup degree includes history of the fashion industry, etc.) and you think it won't really add much of an advantage of getting into a journalism career, then it's a lot of money to spend. Not sure what other degree could be better though for journalism specifically
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My opinion is that history is very limiting. You WON'T and I mean this in the most open way possible. You won't get into Journalism with some skills and a history degree. If you want a journalism degree, you would want skills such as shorthand and media ethics and law. If you don't have this, no one will employ you. You'd be too much of a risk for anyone to. Sure, if you like writing articles and digital journalism, go do that, and then if a position is available, specialise later, into a history magazine for example. It works one way but not the other, sorry.
Would they prefer someone with an English degree then?
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Not sure what other degree could be better though for journalism specifically
Yep, exactly on point. Journalism does Journalism. You can specialise later into different sectors, but interests change, especially while at uni, you may find a passion or skill for music journalism and go down that route rather than history, for example. Don't jump to any decisions, but you can't be oohing and ahhing between two degrees that are massively different.

English won't get you there either. Journalism teaches the practice of JOURNALISM. No other degree will get you there, anyone can write and study literature for example, but it won't teach you shorthand, it won't teach you media law, it won't teach you the latest reporting technologies and the history of the subject. People think English is basically journalism, but English is incredibly broad and does not go into any detail that Journalism would for that sector.
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If it's not challenging (which it still will be - even a seemingly simple hair and makeup degree includes history of the fashion industry, etc.) and you think it won't really add much of an advantage of getting into a journalism career, then it's a lot of money to spend. Not sure what other degree could be better though for journalism specifically
Could a history degree be useful? I know english is good but I didnt take it for A levels so impossible to do a degree in that
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Yep, exactly on point. Journalism does Journalism. You can specialise later into different sectors, but interests change, especially while at uni, you may find a passion or skill for music journalism and go down that route rather than history, for example. Don't jump to any decisions, but you can't be oohing and ahhing between two degrees that are massively different.

English won't get you there either. Journalism teaches the practice of JOURNALISM. No other degree will get you there, anyone can write and study literature for example, but it won't teach you shorthand, it won't teach you media law, it won't teach you the latest reporting technologies and the history of the subject. People think English is basically journalism, but English is incredibly broad and does not go into any detail that Journalism would for that sector.
Fair enough, thank you
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History will only be useful if you want to do something regarding history. A history degree will get you nowhere near Journalism. So you've got to choose one or the other.

Here's what I've done:

My passion is the travel industry and I am incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about it, but I also like writing articles and blog posts and would love to be a travel writer, so this is what I do.

Take a BA Hons Journalism Degree
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Take a career in Journalism/PR communication
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Specialise in travel writing/journalism

(This can work for any other passion; fashion, history, music etc...)
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History will only be useful if you want to do something regarding history. A history degree will get you nowhere near Journalism. So you've got to choose one or the other.

Here's what I've done:

My passion is the travel industry and I am incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about it, but I also like writing articles and blog posts and would love to be a travel writer, so this is what I do.

Take a BA Hons Journalism Degree
vvv
Take a career in Journalism/PR communication
vvv
Specialise in travel writing/journalism

(This can work for any other passion; fashion, history, music etc...)
I see thank you
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History will only be useful if you want to do something regarding history. A history degree will get you nowhere near Journalism. So you've got to choose one or the other.
total nonsense. Journalists have degrees in all sorts. The large majority will not have a degree in journalism and those that do will much more usually have this as a postgraduate qualification.
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total nonsense. Journalists have degrees in all sorts. The large majority will not have a degree in journalism and those that do will much more usually have this as a postgraduate qualification.
See exactly what I thought hahaha
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Formerly Journalists had all sorts of degrees but the industry has changed. My two pence about it is why waste tens of thousands more and more years studying on a postgrad after doing one degree and being in debt after that when there is no need. You don't need a degree in x y or z to specialise in it after doing a journalism undergrad course. And as I stress, interests change so you may not be into history after your time at uni or even college. One final point:
I want to give someone experience, or a job as a journalist but only have one position, who do I give it to.
Person A) Who has all journalist skills, knows about the industry and someone I can rely on to report from a court room
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Person B) Someone that has limited themselves to a certain degree but now wants to do journalism

Obviously person A. In journalism you're taught to report from all sectors be that a court room or a council meeting. But if you limit yourself to history or just waste three years on a degree you won't use because there is no jobs in the journalism sector for that subject, what's the point?

Study skills now. Specialise later. That's the last of my advice if you truly want to do journalism, you can take it or leave it. If you want to waste money and time on another degree and live in your own bubble thinking that whatever anyone else advises is nonsense then that's your choice. All I know is that I won't be in debt or without the necessary skills or without work because I made the wrong decision on a UCAS application.
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