~ A Guest Post by Allison Mechanic ~ Lambda Pi Eta Member and College of Communication Student ~
“What are you planning to do with your degree?” is a hard enough answer to give as a college senior as it is. As a journalism major, I used to dread this question, not because I didn’t have an answer, but because once people found out that I am perusing a degree in journalism they automatically began to feel sorry for me. Whenever this question comes up, I get reminded that journalism is a “dying field” or I just get blank stares whenever I mention my future career path.
But the truth is, during my four years at Rowan University I have learned that journalism is not dying – it is only reinventing itself. Journalism is expanding into new mediums and those new mediums are providing new jobs for college graduates. Basically all journalism areas offered at Rowan University have outlets on the internet. For example, if graduates are interested in online journalism they can manage blogs and other social media outlets. Or if a graduate is interested in magazines or newspapers, graduates can go onto the internet to manage a magazine’s/newspaper’s webpage and write web articles that may not be in the regular issue. As for broadcast journalists, the internet is a place for self promotion and a place to quickly post information about new stories and news shows. The internet even gives recent college graduates the space to create their own news outlets in which they can be as creative, broad or as exclusive as they’d like.
At the College of Communication, journalism majors learn that the journalism world is a scary place but only because it is at a crossroads. This crossroads, however, does also make the journalism world an exciting place because it allows people to put their own creative spin on the field. With the internet being more readily available, all recent college graduates are able to mix their passion for journalism with their computer skills into a new career path.
Regardless of what sequence journalism majors are perusing, the constant change in technology allows all journalism students to answer the dreaded “what are you planning to do with your degree?” question confidently, because with education, determination and experience journalism graduates can create their dream jobs.