Careers in Journalism & Media Studies

As a journalism major, you will be prepared to succeed in a variety of journalism jobs and media fields.

Assignment Editor

Selects, develops and plan reporting assignments, either news events or feature stories, to be covered by reporters.

Copy Editor

Checks written material to correct errors in grammar, spelling, formatting, usage, style, and accuracy of text.

Interactive Designer

Creates memorable experiences for education and information. They work with computers and other technology to create products which can inform or teach through interactivity. Their products appear everywhere, from computers to museums.

Media Specialist

Knows about various types of media, when and how to use it, and what approach is best for each situation. They apply their knowledge in businesses, libraries, schools, and a variety of other places. They help others know what forms of media they need, whatever their purpose.

Multimedia Designer

Knows about a variety of media, from sound to light, and then packages it together to create a product that works on multiple levels. They work with theatre, entertainment, advertising and other groups to help create memorable experiences.

News Producer

One of the most integral members of any news production team. The news producer takes all the elements of a newscast (packages, video, graphics, etc.) and compiles them into a cohesive show.

Presentation Designer

The key to any good presentation is its ability to be understood and remembered. A presentation designer not only knows how to make an appealing presentation, but a memorable one, as well.

Proofreader

Reads material to detect and correct production errors. Proofreaders are expected to be consistently accurate by default, because they occupy the last stage of typographic production before publication.

Public Relations Specialist

Serves as an advocate for clients seeking to build and maintain positive relationships with the public. Clients include businesses, nonprofit associations, universities, hospitals, and other organizations.

Publisher

Responsible for originating the production of a publication. Normally, this person is also responsible for the cost in making a product available. 

Reporter

Gathers information, investigates leads, and writes and reports on stories. Reporters must be able to accurately compile notes, conduct interviews, determine the focus of a story, and quickly organize and complete a story.

Research Editor

Checks the accuracy of factual information, and finds additional information to support written material. Writes, edits, and researches new ideas.

Section Editor

Reviews, edits, and organizes particular sections of publications, including news, features, sports, and others.

Storyboard Artist

An artist with an understanding of story and film techniques, a storyboard artist knows how to present a story visually, as well as what technology is needed to get the job done.

Video Designer

Knows how to use video and other digital mediums to entertain or inform. Video designers use cinematography and a variety of digital elements to create commercials, documentaries, and even movies.

Video Journalist

Produces video content in which the journalist shoots, edits and often presents.

Web Designer

Designs and creates websites, and helps create the visual identity of a company. Web designers work in a variety of work environments, from teams in agencies to individual freelance businesses.

Web Writer

Provides content for a website. Publishes blogs or writes copy, and sometimes takes photos or creates images. Web writers are often hired as freelancers, but may also work in marketing or support.