By Kacie Yoshida
In the future, advertisements might sweep the cover story to the 2nd page, while spilled coffee might turn the Los Angeles Times into paper mache. Dwindling to the bare minimum, pages of newspapers are becoming thinner—and so too are jobs.
Journalism graduates can expect to earn less than $35,000 annually according to The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. For California State University, Fullerton students, jobs could be even more challenging to land.
Setting one self apart from other graduates who have attended schools with notable journalism programs like Northwestern University in Illinois and Columbia University in New York can be difficult. So gaining experience to boost a resume is essential.
A great and easy way to gain experience is to freelance for the Daily Titan. While volunteering at the Daily Titan might not be as strong as landing an internship at the Los Angeles Times, it can be done from the comfort of a home computer. It also provides future employers an archived catalog of journalism projects that students have worked on.
However, if volunteering is not enough, the Daily Titan also hires Editors and Assistant Editors each year and sometimes throughout the semester. Daily Titan jobs are posted in the classified sections of the paper and also online. However, the Daily Titan is much more likely to hire current freelance writers as Editors than students who apply without Daily Titan experience said Isa Ghani, Editor in Chief.
Set yourself apart from the others and utilize the Daily Titan. Be different and take charge of your future. A degree is not enough–a strong internship and/or campus newspaper involvement is essential. The more experience you have the better chance you’ll have at landing the job you want.
How do you feel about the future of journalism? Are you concerned about not landing a job after graduation?
For more information about jobs and freelancing, please contact the Editor in Chief, Isa Ghani.