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6 Reasons a Journalism Degree Is Still Necessary

Why J-school is more than just a foot in the door

- July 23, 2012
Anyone with an Internet connection can start a Wordpress blog or Tumblr and call himself a journalist, but there's more to being a journalist than just writing and reporting. I earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University in 2005 and, my degree and college connections got me interviews at Conde Nast, Us Weekly and Forbes, which quickly hired me after graduation as an editorial assistant.

Other working journalists have similar stories. "The on-the-job learning and experience is certainly part of the education that goes into being a good journalist," said Lauren Streib, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina. "That said, I got my first internship via a professor at my school, and I built my first portfolio site using Flash and Photoshop skills I wouldn't have learned had I just worked on my college paper and chosen a different major."

Beyond a foot in the door (though that's definitely a key benefit of a degree), a formal education is the most efficient way to learn what you'll need to succeed in the field. Here are at least six things you’ll gain from a few years in journalism school:...

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