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I want a career in journalism...but I have no idea exactly WHAT career in journalism I want. Help?

My major is Communications and I want to concentrate on Journalism. My problem: I have NO idea what I want to do in journalism. All I know for sure is I do not want to be in the spotlight such as in broadcast journalism and radio/tv. I would prefer to be to myself and work on writing without having to talk in front of many people. I love writing, and editing would be cool too. I have had trouble deciding a career path, so I went back with my gut feeling and chose something I love: writing! I want to write.

I don't know the journalism career options or what would be best for me, so help would be appreciated!

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Samantha Brower

Hi! I received a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in Media Production. I worked as an associate producer at a news station, which was interesting and very fast-paced. However, there wasn't much room for creativity, so if you're looking to get into writing with a creative edge, I'd recommend advertising work. I worked at a national ad agency and was able to use my writing skills for website content, social media and blogs. The topics usually range drastically, so there's no real concentration. However, it sounds like possibly working for a newspaper would be great for you! If you don't mind moving, you could find a job writing for a newspaper, hopefully about something you're passionate about (lifestyles, health, business, etc.). As with most fields, you'll most likely have to start off doing something you don't love (like working the 4 am shift at a news station as an assistant) but as long as you take every opportunity you can to write (including volunteer work), you'll eventually get enough experience to climb the ranks.

I wish you the best of luck! This time can be very difficult and confusing, but the world is full of opportunities for you right now, so try to enjoy it!

Answered 5 years ago

Samantha Brower