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Journalism

Major Information

The Journalism core curriculum is strongly grounded in the liberal arts, while the major courses provide  students with a solid balance of the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline. The substantial  professional experience shared by the journalism faculty helps prepare students for a competitive workplace,  and GSU alumni are working throughout the Southeast as editors, reporters, columnists, and photographers  at daily newspapers large and small, with industry newsletters and special interest magazines, with Internet  publications, and in public relations. Journalists play a key role in our society. They gather information and  prepare stories that inform us about local, state and international events; present stories on current issues;  and report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, special interest groups and others who  exercise power. In covering a story, they investigate leads and news tips, look at documents, observe on the  scene, and interview people.  

General Information

Degree(s) Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism 

Sample Occupations

  • Journalist 
  • Copy Aide 
  • Assistant Editor 
  • News Editor 
  • Section Writer 
  • Editorial Writer 
  • Bureau Reporter 
  • Editorial Assistant 
  • Researcher 
  • Associate Editor 
  • Senior Editor 
  • Promotion Specialist 
  • Reporter 
  • Anchor 
  • News Director
  • Promotion Manager
  • Copy Editor/ Copywriter
  • Publicity Manager
  • Promotion Manager
  • Author 
  • Ghostwriter/ Collaborator 
  • Scriptwriter/ Screenwriter 
  • Playwright 
  • Lyricist/ Jingle Writer 
  • Poet 
  • Assistant Account  Executive 
  • Account Executive
  • Assistant Copywriter
  • Copywriter 
  • Promotion Specialist
  • Public Relations  Assistant 
  • Publication Editor
  • Public Information  Officer 
  • Technical  Communicator  
  • Speechwriter 
  • Writer and Editor 
  • Public Affairs  Specialist 
  • Journalism Teacher
  • Assistant Professor
  • Historian 
  • Librarian 
  • Public Information  Specialist 
  • Freelance Writer
  • Book Reviewer 
  • Syndicated  Columnist 
  • Self-Publisher 

Sample Work Settings

  • Newspapers and News Services 
  • Magazines 
  • Television and Radio 
  • Book Publishing
  • Arts and  Entertainment 
  • Advertising
  • Business Community  & Public Relations
  • Federal Government
  • Scholastic, Academic & Non-Profit Organizations 
  • Freelance Service

Sample Employers

  • Statesboro Herald 
  • Georgia Southern University 
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • The Red and Black  Publishing Company 
  • Total Traffic & Weather Network
  • AT&T
  • Comcast 
  • Mojo Productions
  • CNN 
  • The Brunswick  News 
  • MedHub
  • OMNITEC Solutions
  • Morris Communications
  • Jewelry Television
  • Savannah College of  Art and Design

Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations

  • View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:

Georgia Southern Academic Calendar

  • Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:

www.onetonline.org

  • Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:

www.georgiasouthern.edu/ocpd

Internet Resources

To explore values, interests, and skills:

FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15

Self Directed Search – $15

https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/career/s tudents/assessments/

To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:

National Compensation Survey

www.bls.gov/ncs/

National Association of College and Employers  (NACE) 

http://www.naceweb.org/salary resources/index.aspx 

Professional Organizations

American Society of Newspaper Editors 

www.anse.org 

Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication 

www.aejmc.org 

Society of Professional Journalists 

www.spj.org 

Georgia Press Association 

(Most states have one.) 

www.gapress.org

Helpful Internet Sites

  • Society of Professional Journalists 
  • Society of Communication Scholars

Last updated: 12/9/2021