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Posts Tagged ‘journalism schools’

9 Ways for Journalists to Continue Their Schooling While Working

So you’re a working journalist. But J-school undergrad degree under your belt or not, if you’re not actively seeking new ways to sharpen your digital skill set, you’re behind.

But, come on. Who wants to make a cross-country move for another degree?

Luckily, more and more online masters programs have popped up over the years to remedy that. If you happen to be thinking about going to school for a second (or third) time, or are just looking to take a course for fun via a non-degree track, here are some options:

  1. University of Florida Web Design and Online Communication Masters  — The curriculum consists of basic HTML and coding practices, as well as a solid basis of digital communication theory and branding. There’s also a certificate option.

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What Are The Top 10 Journalism Schools?

It’s that time of year again when high school seniors and potential graduate students are anxiously waiting to hear back from their university of choice. Yesterday, in fact, I saw this tweet from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. (Full disclosure: That is my alma mater.)

It made me think back to when I was applying to college and realized I wanted to major in journalism. The problem I encountered then, and still find exists today, is that there aren’t any definitive rankings for journalism schools. (As we saw yesterday, the debate still rages over whether journalism is a worthwhile academic pursuit.)

If you are interested in studying English, business or library sciences, U.S. News & World Report has your back. True, the rankings are flawed and geared toward graduate students but they still give you a vague idea of which schools have strong programs. But if you are trying to decide between University of Maryland, College Park and Northwestern, for example, you have a lot less to go on. Read more

Standing Up for the Journalism Degree: It Is Not Useless

Last week, the Business Insider ran a post disparaging the values of a journalism degree. In “Degrees Are Useless And Other Tips For Aspiring Journalists,” author Jean Prentice writes, “anyone who has graduated from journalism school and gone on to work in the industry can tell you that a degree in journalism is useless.” She argues hard work and experience are what will land you a job after graduation.

She is not alone in saying journalism degrees are useless. In April, journalism topped the Daily Beast’s list of 20 Most Useless Degrees. Journalism doesn’t pay well and your student loans may very well be greater than your first salary as a reporter. But who goes into journalism thinking they will make a six figure salary? Being a reporter is tough, no doubt about it.

Yes, it’s true hard work and experience are important. But Prentice is incorrect in saying that all J-school grads would say their degree was a waste. A journalism degree is in no way useless. Read more