A Major Review: Journalism

By Jennifer Sandoval on March 17, 2013

You’ve seen them in movies, television shows, in books and even on the streets. They’ve gained a reputation to be as pesky as mosquitos and devoid of any moral or ethical standards. If you haven’t guessed already, I am talking about journalists, a career that I have been planning to pursue since high school. In my last semester at San Francisco State, I can look back and definitely say that journalism is not the most conventional profession to go into for so many reasons.

It’s hard. As a journalist, you are expected to pitch a good story, write an SEO-friendly lede and headline, and make deadline. This is no exception in college. The Journalism department at SFSU teaches you by experience; the professors want you to succeed in a profession that is constantly on-the-go. When you have to juggle full-time work and school, it can get a little overwhelming. But the feeling that you get when you’ve submitted your 1000-word story into iLearn one minute before deadline is always a good one.

The good thing about the department is that it’s easy to get a hold of the professors. As I mentioned before, these teachers want you to succeed. The Journalism department requires the students to go to semesterly advisor meetings to make sure you’re on the right path. One note to always remember, regardless of whichever major your are in, is to always go to the professor if you ever feel as though you’re stuck. By just talking to them, they’ll remember your face, know your story, and make a better connection with you.

In order for journalist majors to graduate, they must have a valid minor; this is because journalists are more frequently replaced by experts in the field that they are writing about. A nutritionist can write the same as a journalist who seeks a nutritionist to write an article about health. Beware, there is a list of accepted minors, and unfortunately, some fields of study don’t make the cut.

Despite how insanely difficult it may seem at times, the journalism department has really been a fun experience. As opposed to just being another hallway on the third floor of the Humanities building, it seems like its a small community. The students all know of one another, and there are some seriously fun journalism events and parties that happen all the time. Plus, it’s very easy to make connections within the department without stepping into a news building. Editors and recruiters will come to you.

Journalists are human, despite popular belief that we have no souls. We provide you with the stories you want to read, because we understand that knowing is better than living your life without any idea of what is really going on in our world. Journalists are life-long learners. They meet new people, go to new places, and learn new things all of the time. And then they get to write about it. How does that not sound fun?

Journalism major at San Francisco State University. Class of 2013. Obsession of film, fashion, video games, books, music, and art.

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