I'm an editor with 10 years of book publishing experience, and I majored in English. In the book publishing world, that's what almost all of us majored in. There are a handful of journalism majors, with other humanities degrees behind that; however, I'd say more people with journalism degrees end up in magazine, news, or marketing.
In truth, I think publishing is the sort of space where any sort of major will serve you well if you're smart about what you do while you're in school. As you study, build the skills you need for a life in publishing. You probably won't write literary analyses of Jane Austen, but you will have to write, learn how to tailor your content for specific markets, and think critically. Develop your voice. Build your research skills. Get good at time management. Be very organized, since you'll be doing a lot of grunt work in any sector of publishing before you get somewhere. Network. Learn how to analyze the data. Learn how to let go; as an editor, my writers do a lot of things I wouldn't personally do; you have to learn when to live with someone else's style. You absolutely must get an internship under your belt, more if you can. I always recommend that you work in a writing center. If you can't work in a writing center, tutoring helps immensely. If you can flesh these things out of your major, you'll be solid for a career in publishing--and in a lot of other things too.
Nadina recommends the following next steps:
- Ask yourself what sector of publishing you want to go in; news and magazine are very different from book publishing
- Get a job tutoring, though working at a writing center is much better
- See if you can work with a blog or with your local library to get a taste for how you like the work
- Intern, intern, intern
- Think creatively about your major; the point of the major isn't to mold you into who you need to be. The point of your major is for you to have a jumping off point so that you can mold yourself into who you need to be by focusing on the skills you need to develop and translating them into hireability