Next Level Journalism: Five Areas to Take Your Degree Further

Image by Jan Krömer, Flickr

Image by Jan Krömer, Flickr

If you’ve earned a degree in journalism, you must have a love of print and spreading the written word. You’ve done the coursework, and now it’s time to apply it and get out in the field. Take a look at all of the opportunities waiting for you, and take your journalism degree and experience to the next level. Think outside the box. You can go beyond the local paper, snippets for a radio station, or behind the scenes in television. Find out how far your degree can take you with five different areas related to journalism.

Write Content
Surf the Internet and you’ll find there are plenty of companies asking for content writers. If you like writing short pieces on anything under the sun, this is your cup of tea. You can set your price, choose your areas of interest, and produce as much as you want. This is a career that can work around a busy lifestyle, family, and other work. When you’re plugging away at the great American novel, you can choose to be a content producer on the side and get a lot of experience out in the writing field of freelance work.

Become a Book Editor
You can combine your love of writing and reading by becoming an editor. Use your journalism degree with a library science degree and you’ll definitely have an edge on the competition. Have a keen eye for what readers want as you assess books and prepare them for publication.

Write Grants
Your journalism skills can be truly rewarding when you assist nonprofit organizations in obtaining grants. You can put your talents to work and know you are promoting a good cause.

Write Technical Manuals
People need instructions for so many products they buy. You can be the person working behind the scenes, creating a manual that is easy to understand. Think of it as a great way to help others when they make a new purchase. There’s nothing more frustrating than inadequate instructions or a lack of good vocabulary. Give people the help they need, making lives easier everywhere.

Write Newsletters
From major corporations to small businesses, many are choosing to use newsletters to keep people informed. You can write for a number of clients, work independently, and choose organizations that excite you. Bring passion to your writing and you will be rewarded.

If you have the gift of gab and can transfer it into writing, you can go the distance with your journalism degree. Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet by trying a variety of fields.

This article was contributed by guest author Brooke Chaplan.

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