Should I go to college for journalism if I want to be a journalist?
August 30, 2010 8:58 AM Subscribe
Should I go to college for journalism if I want to be a journalist? I'm really interested in radio and photo documentaries.
posted by ejfox to media & arts (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've been attempting to make my own radio and photo documentaries on my own time & dime for the past year and a half or so.
This is something that I really love doing, and unlike some previous hobbies I've had, I feel like it's something that I could see myself doing as a career.
My main goal is to eventually work somewhere where I could go into the field and take both photographs and audio and then edit them together into one cohesive story. I've been attempting to do this myself, but I struggle with finding stories that make good radio/photo stories or with simply working up the courage to bother strangers so I can talk to them with a microphone or take their picture.
I'm a senior in high school this year, next year I go to college, but I'm curious whether that would be the best way to spend my time and money. I've looked at places like the SALT Institute and that seems really appealing to me.
So I ask you, hivemind, if I want to be a journalist, is it essential I have a degree in journalism? Should I get a degree in something else that would be helpful as a journalist? What are the alternatives? Should I just build a portfolio, and try to get published?
(P.S. Suggestions for colleges with good journalism departments would be appreciated)
Thanks so much for your help and insight!