Those brave enough to enter the world of journalism focus on their English classes in high school. Yep, it’s important to know your 3 R’s: Reading, writing and arithmetic. To get a solid education that will not be frowned upon by corporate media publisher, you will need to attend journalism school or J-school. After your bachelor’s degree, you can go on to graduate school or get an internship. Pick your poison. On the one hand, going to graduate school will not guarantee you a job. It will afford you additional skills and the ability to say to an employer, “Hey, man, I’m like, too smart to make coffee.” Jumping into the job market may help you out in the end, especially if you want to go into digital media. Employers are looking for people with skills and experience and don’t necessarily care if you went to graduate school. Does anyone go to graduate school anymore?
It makes sense that journalism schools have seen a rise in enrollment since the collapse of corporate media. Actually, it doesn’t. However, people have found a way to hide out until the economy gets better. Journalism programs at Stanford, Columbia and New York University have seen their applications increase from previous years. Journalists are earning master degrees and new skills in order to complete with the few coveted positions. Many budding journalists try to carve a path for themselves in the real world and if that fails they also go back to the drawing board at graduate school.