Combine communications with the issues or business of your choice in a journalism major! Careers in journalism allow you to effectively and creatively spread information to a variety of audiences – from the public to employees and government officials. As a journalist, you have a huge say in how a story is told and perceived by the public audience.
What you’ll study
As a journalism major, you’ll cover a broad range of courses related to news production. This will include courses in screenwriting, communications, film, broadcasting, interviewing techniques and more. It is also likely you’ll be able to take a few electives within your major, we recommend French as many Canadian news outlets also report in French, such as CBC, or French exclusively.
What skills you’ll develop
It is a journalist’s main task to effectively communicate news stories revolving around culture, crime, politics and more to the general public. This means creating content that is captivating, of interest to the public, informative and yet still easy to comprehend. This may seem like an impossible task to achieve, but there are a few skills as a journalist that will help you out! Here are some of the skills you should develop to further your career in journalism.
- Ethics and integrity
- Interviewing techniques
- Knowledge of broadcasting technology
- Creative story-telling skills
- Strong writing and overall communication skills
Reporters are the first to show up on a scene to report. They gather information and are quick to share updates on major events such as a floods or political scandals. Also, it is up to them to gather the info on the ground quickly, before other broadcasters can make their statements first. A reporter’s ultimate task is to gather and share information quickly, while still leaving the audience curious about the story and waiting for more info.
- Salary: $42,000 annually according to Payscale.ㅤ
2. Corporate communications specialist
Corporate communications specialists are focused on maintaining amicable relations between a company and it’s employees, as well as the public. Their tasks may include creating press releases, creating promotional materials such as logos, slogans or graphics and preparing emails for distribution to the public, media or internal committees.
- Salary: $64, 000 annually according to Glassdoor.ㅤ
As an editor, you’ll be in charge of planning content, as well as checking it and approving it. This could entail meeting with writers to go over their work, choosing what should be published next, and verifying all writing to ensure it is accurate, as having false information go out could be detrimental to the company. It’s also worth noting editors are one of the higher paid positions held by those with a journalism major.
- Salary: Editors earn an annual average salary of $51, 480 according to Neuvoo.ㅤ
Journalism is a great career for anyone interested in all forms of communication, and for those who want a changing job, as new stories emerge every day. While the major is similar to communications, having the journalism angle could give you an advantage if you’re looking into working for a newspaper or broadcasting company.