Shouldn’t journalist study more than journalism? In general, those who study in this subject know that this field of study is competitive. I have always believed, studying more than journalism is key for more career opportunities. In fact, most magazine publications do not require a degree in journalism. Instead, a publication like National Geographic not only encourages a major in journalism, but in anthropology, sociology, psychology, and sciences.
An article from Poynter Online, “Do I need a J-Degree?”, suggests that no particular degree is required to get into journalism. The greatest need for a career in journalism would be for some published example of your writing, rather than a degree in journalism.
To exemplify the value of specializing in studies other than journalism, one should keep in mind the opportunities it can bring. Suppose I want to work for National Geographic and offer a valuable pitch, which would have me hired. My pitch is just as valuable as the next journalist, but because I also studied in anthropology I may be more likely to get the job due to my expertise that relates to the magazine’s focus. Similarly goes for photojournalist or photographers who want to make the most out of their talent. It is highly encouraged to study more than just photography and expand your knowledge in sciences or other fine arts.
Here is a short interview with reporter of New York Times, Ron Nixon, explaining his view on obtaining a degree in journalism.
Personally, I am a strong advocate for specializing in other topics. I am a Spanish and Journalism major with a minor in Geology and Computer Science in hopes to keep opportunities always available.
Tell me what you think. Do you believe that journalism majors should study more than journalism?