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What subjects do i need to apply for journalism in college

I am unsure about the subjects I have to take to do journalism and I would like to know what can I do to be outstanding from other student applications. #journalism #online-journalism #data-analysis #investigative-reporting #long-form-journalism

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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Rathaya,




  • English and writing classes are required to further develop a potential journalist's skills.Reporters write stories, photojournalists write captions and copy editors write headlines. The more exposure a student has to writing, the better he will be able to write quickly and effectively.High school students should explore advanced and AP English courses.




  • The most practical experience a student can receive is on the school's newspaper or yearbook staff. This after-school activity or class allows students to learn to write on deadline, prepare well-written, thoughtful stories and develop interviewing skills. This activity is also a great choice for aspiring photojournalists who want published clips of their photos.Newspaper and yearbook activities will also add clout to a college application to a journalism school. If the student has a strong relationship with the adviser of the club or class, he can ask the adviser to write a reference for his college applications.




  • Traditionally, general education courses in most journalism schools might include study of a foreign language, political science and history. However, some colleges are revamping their curriculum because of recent changes to the way people receive news.For example, Columbia's Journalism School is incorporating more digital and blogging-focused required courses, reports "Crain's New York Business."




In: http://classroom.synonym.com/recommended-high-school-credits-journalism-majors-1631.html


This link can give you an idea of the subjects that a journalism degree can offer:


http://www.journalismdegree.com/broadcast-journalism-courses/


Best of luck in your academic career!

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Brian P. D.’s Answer

Try to get a good grounding in both English grammar and usage through writing and literature courses. But outside of formal courses, you should simply read a lot, regardless of whether it seems "important" at the time. That includes books - old and new, fiction and non-fiction - as well as newspapers and magazines. The more you read, the more you will understand the language and become better at writing.


For journalism, read the news (newspapers, magazines, online) as much as possible. Don't just rely on visual elements and reporting (television). Also listen to the radio news, such as NPR, since they have to carefully choose their words to fit all the information possible into a short audio report.


For general education (not only as a journalist, but just to be a well-informed person) get a good grounding in history. While working as a reporter or editor, you will be amazed at how many times you will think, "This sounds familiar." Often something similar has occurred before and you will have a greater understanding of the subject and why it is important if you have a broad knowledge of history.


Also, it would not hurt to take some classes in political science and economics (micro and macro). These subjects are touched upon to some degree every day in journalism investigations and news stories. Even if you intend to write about something unconnected, like a science or sports story, you may discover there are political or economic angles - "How is climate science being used in politics?" or "Why does soccer make so much money as a global business but still generate so little interest in the United States?" When you start crossing academic areas with different journalism areas, the possibilities for new angles - even on old stories - are endless.


Good luck.

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