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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:...