I believe a communications degree is a good idea. Since you have indicated an interest in shooting for newspapers or magazines, you are going to want a strong understanding of still photography and video production as well. I agree with one of the other answers that pointed out that newspapers and magazines have taken a hit over the past decade or so. However, there is still opportunities for talented shooters to make a living. Keep in mind, you will be hired because your clients believe you can produce the images they require to illustrate the story you are working on. Your degree shows a good education and can provide you with an income as you become established as a photographer. But, your portfolio of stills, and or video clips, is what will get you work. And, you're only as good as your last assignment. Good luck!