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i am considering journalism ,which degree should i do at university?
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Depends what kind of journalism! You can get into journalism with a large number of degrees.

Obviously any combo of English/Journalism would give you a general standpoint, but maybe also Media/English. Even degrees like Politics could take you into journalism as you could do a postgrad degree specialising!
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I second that, any degree will do really - what else are you interested in except journalism? For example, do a science degree and you could write science articles. Most humanities/arts degrees would also stand you in good stead for a career in journalism.
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a degree in journalism is sometimes helpful
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Depends what kind of journalism you are interested in - some (like science publications - as someone pointed out) require specific degrees.

Other than that, journalism isnt specifically a graduate job. If you have ambitions to climb high in the world of journalism (become an editor) you will find English Literature useful but to start off with an acredited journalism degree will teach you all the skills you will need to be a journalist upon graduating. Its really up to you
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a language degree is also something you could consider
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Any arts/social sciences degree, and then a good postgraduate journalism course.

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I also want to be a journalist; the advice given to me was study English or History, or something like that, and then do a post-grad Journalism qualification. I was told that I should not do an actual degree in Media/Journalism cos thats pointless
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I also want to be a journalist; the advice given to me was study English or History, or something like that, and then do a post-grad Journalism qualification. I was told that I should not do an actual degree in Media/Journalism cos thats pointless
I shall assume your joking or being 'funny'...How is a journalism degree futile in efforts to become that...a journalist? Its thee most least pointless, and most relevant course you could possible do.

If you are 100% on being a journalist - do a journalism degree. The content you learn (dependant on the uni) should teach you how to be an actual journalist, which is invaluable when you get out into the real world and need to know how to interview/ short hand, and not just how to quote a bit of dickens.
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I shall assume your joking or being 'funny'...How is a journalism degree futile in efforts to become that...a journalist? Its thee most least pointless, and most relevant course you could possible do.

If you are 100% on being a journalist - do a journalism degree. The content you learn (dependant on the uni) should teach you how to be an actual journalist, which is invaluable when you get out into the real world and need to know how to interview/ short hand, and not just how to quote a bit of dickens.
Its what I've been told by teachers and career advisors.

Studying journalism for three - four years is not a worthwhile use of a degree. I don't know that for definite, its just what I've been told. You can learn the techniques, as I said, in a postgrad degree. Getting a degree in English, History, Politics or something like that is likely to be more useful as not only does it give you something extra it also means you've got a back up - journalism is so competitive, doing a degree in it could limit your career choices and you might not be able to get a job in it.
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Its what I've been told by teachers and career advisors.

Studying journalism for three - four years is not a worthwhile use of a degree. I don't know that for definite, its just what I've been told. You can learn the techniques, as I said, in a postgrad degree. Getting a degree in English, History, Politics or something like that is likely to be more useful as not only does it give you something extra it also means you've got a back up - journalism is so competitive, doing a degree in it could limit your career choices and you might not be able to get a job in it.
Well for me personally, all I want to do is journalism and that is what I will end up doing, if I spend my whole trying to crack into the industry, doing more work experience etc then I'll do it. I'm not going to take that 'well I'm nore sure if its what I want to, I'm not passionate about it' attitude. Therefore it makes perfect sense, for me at least, to do a journalism degree.

By all means, take an English degree and postgrad journalism degree, but whilst the uni may advertise the post grad degree as giving you the same knowledge as you would have gained over three years - that is not physically possible. From the work experience, to the stupid little things you pick up about the industry.

The fact is, a journalism degree trains you to be a journalist, and is geared towards that. An english degree, doesn't.
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Well for me personally, all I want to do is journalism and that is what I will end up doing, if I spend my whole trying to crack into the industry, doing more work experience etc then I'll do it. I'm not going to take that 'well I'm nore sure if its what I want to, I'm not passionate about it' attitude. Therefore it makes perfect sense, for me at least, to do a journalism degree.

By all means, take an English degree and postgrad journalism degree, but whilst the uni may advertise the post grad degree as giving you the same knowledge as you would have gained over three years - that is not physically possible. From the work experience, to the stupid little things you pick up about the industry.

The fact is, a journalism degree trains you to be a journalist, and is geared towards that. An english degree, doesn't.
Thats true, I was just saying what advice I had been given by my teachers and careers people at my school. I guess that although journalism is definitely what I want to do and I am passionate about it, being the pessimist that I am, I know its possible I'd be out of work and would rather have a degree that enabled me to cope with worst case scenario.
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I'd do English or History, personally.
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Most people in the industry advise:

A traditional undergrad degree (English, History, Languages, even Science etc)
plus Work Experience (Student/Local papers/radio)

Followed by a postgraduate diploma - 9 months - (or the slightly longer MA - a year - NB: not a 'journalism studies' type academic rather than practical MA) in Journalism (normally specifically newspaper/broadcast/radio/TV/online etc). Some good unis for this are City, Cardiff, Central Lancashire, Nottingham Trent, and various others) Or a shorter accredited fast-track course.

Many people working for regional and national TV news and papers got in through this route.

HOWEVER, others get in via different routes. There are those who do a 3 year journalism degree like the above poster. Places like Sheffield are respected for these courses.

Some people go straight into journalism after a non-journalism degree or simply after A levels. There are numerous 'top' ie. national TV/newspaper journalists without degrees although I'd say that's harder to get in without one nowadays.
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(Original post by vixky!)
Depends what kind of journalism! You can get into journalism with a large number of degrees.

Obviously any combo of English/Journalism would give you a general standpoint, but maybe also Media/English. Even degrees like Politics could take you into journalism as you could do a postgrad degree specialising!
At the moment I am considering Journalism as a degree at City or Fashion Journalism at University of the Arts London, but i am really struggling to find a degree with good career prospects and i have heard Journalism as a degree is not very well respected in the field. Do you think i would be better off doing a degree in something like English and then doing a post grad in Journalism?
I'm doing English Literature, Film Studies and Communications and hoping to get three B's over all.
I'm really not keen on the idea of a post grad course.
Does anyone have any ideas?:confused:
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At the moment I am considering Journalism as a degree at City or Fashion Journalism at University of the Arts London, but i am really struggling to find a degree with good career prospects and i have heard Journalism as a degree is not very well respected in the field. Do you think i would be better off doing a degree in something like English and then doing a post grad in Journalism?
I'm doing English Literature, Film Studies and Communications and hoping to get three B's over all.
I'm really not keen on the idea of a post grad course.
Does anyone have any ideas?:confused:
Honestly I do think a degree in English would be better than a degree in Journalism.

With Journalism you are literally limited to that only. With English, you have many other options.

Maybe do combined honours? My friend is going to do English & Journalism and De Montfort University this year, maybe look there?
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i would say do what ever will leave you with the easiest life afterwards babycakes.
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With English Literature it is really hard to think of what job prospects i would have afterwards. I know that a degree does make me much more employable anyway but i'm not sure its worth spending so much money on a degree if my line of work doesn't follow suit if you know what i mean.
I do really want to go to uni, and preferably in London.
I think a combined honours is an option, although a lot of work! lol
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I would do the English degree tbh then if you still want to do journalism do a postgrad.
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At the top publications - English degree is the best option. Though for those you would also need lots of work experience all through your degree and connections to get a job. For someone looking to start out in Journalism, and get a job with their local newspaper, your best option is probably a journalism course. Journalism isnt strictly a graduate job to start out with so arming yourself with lots of essential skills (shorthand is a big one) and work experience will make you a better candidate than an english grad who has written a couple of articles for uni newspapers. A good journalism degree (from cardiff, sheffied, uclan) will give you good skills to get you a good job as a journalist. A lot of journalism is working your way gradually to the top.

To work for national newspapers, it is a case of as much experience as soon as possible. You need to do a degree, but also get involved as much as possible in university and local press while at uni.
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