HELP: Journalism or International Relations degree???

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Hi, I am struggling to decide whether to do a journalism degree or an international relations degree.

I am really interested in global issues, and love studying human geography at A level. I am considering doing an international relations degree, and then possibly doing a journalism post-grad after, as I am interested in investigative journalism and documentary making, particularly relating to global affairs- that I would learn about in international relations. However, studying international relations may also lead to different career options, that I wouldn't get if I did just a journalism degree.

I am worried though that studying international relations will be really political? I don't know much about politics, and am more interested in global issues e.g. the impact of conflict on people. Is this the right degree for my interests?
Or, do I do a journalism degree, and specialise in international journalism whilst doing the degree?

I'm not sure what to do, any advice would be highly appreciated! Thank you!
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Do an IR degree. It'll leave far more doors open to you later.

Also worth looking at 'International Development' as a subject - its a good fit with Geography - one example : https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/f485/int...development-ba
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(Original post by McGinger)
Do an IR degree. It'll leave far more doors open to you later.

Also worth looking at 'International Development' as a subject - its a good fit with Geography - one example : https://courses.leeds.ac.uk/f485/int...development-ba
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I look at things, often the wrong way round! So just consider this a random point of view.

Over the last few years, print media has declined, jobs in such have too. Advertising withdrawn from print, going to Google & FBook. In say ten years, there may be zero regional printed newspapers, some vague suggestions that the BBC might artificially keep a few afloat for a few years.

Meanwhile, international relations, currently in a bit of a crisis, but over the next ten years - those other countries aren’t going away anywhere, UK will need diplomacy & internationally political aware people to rebuild our country and repair friendships, perhaps join OBOR, but that’s the wackiest thing I’ve writ.

Qualifications: I’ve lived all around the world, been a consular official and I still have diplomatic status.
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