What is the future of journalism?
Translation: Can I get a job with a journalism degree?
I hear this question all the time from prospective students and their parents. The answer is yes.
Momma used to say, “Life is what you make it.”
Translation: If you work hard and prepare yourself well, you will make it. If you depend on only classroom experiences, the easiest internships you can find and expect to be hired just because you have a degree, you won’t make it in journalism.
Don’t wait until you have the dream job to be a passionate employee. Be a passionate student, or you will always be looking for that job to be passionate about. There are dues to pay, and you must pay them with a passionate pursuit of the career God has called you to. If you are a Christian work as unto the Lord, and let the words of I Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:23 ring in your ears. Be ambitious.
This subject came to mind today when my friend and journalism colleague Kermit Rowe emailed a link to an editorial on Editor and Publisher’s website that offers advice to young journalists.
The editorial exposes some bad advice. Then it gives some good advice from others. It’s worth your time if you are a journalism major, a recent journalism graduate looking for a job or if you are considering journalism as your major.
The advice comes from journalists under 35. Read it, learn from it and apply it.
The business of news has a present and a future. Work hard in the present so you can be part of the future. The disruption of the past several years is creating new ground floors. It’s an exciting time to become a journalist.