I am a planner. I plan every little detail. Some of my friends call me obsessive compulsive, endearingly of course. Others simply call me “hysterica”, and it is true if I can’t plan sometimes I become hysterical.
This quirky personality trait has come in handy various times throughout my life and now it becomes almost necessary as I plan for my future. I have recently decided that I will be attending graduate school. This decision means a lot of things, for one it means I need to work on raising my GPA. But more importantly it means I have to start searching for a school.
For almost a year now I have been contemplating this choice, and even more intensely since the creation of this blog. Law school, business school, and journalism school: all options I looked at. Much to my mother’s dismay I have decided to peruse a graduate degree in journalism upon my graduation from the University of Florida in May 2015.
There are many reasons I picked this route but the main reason is that I am not sure exactly what my job will be for the rest of my life. I know I will always be involved with journalism and I am absolutely planning on being a reporter for a large chunk of my career but if one day I wake up and want to be an editor I would like to be able to do that.
It is not that I feel unsure about the future of print journalism, I feel unsure about my future more. My first year in college broadened my horizons greatly and I can no longer say that I am only interested in journalism. I am now interested in social media, sports, education, radio, advertising, photography, web development and much more. I am sure this will continue to grow as the years pass.
Right now I am exploring the University of Miami’s Masters of Arts program in Multimedia Journalism.
To those of you who are making this decision as well I offer three peices of advice:
1. Decide early, the last thing you want is to miss this opportunity for higher education.
2. If you have chosen to go to graduate school browse through realistic options. I am looking at options close to home because I know living at home will help me finance the expensive cost of graduate school.
3. Plan it out. Look at the requirements for admission and plan accordingly. Take your GRE in-time. Raise your GPA. Send in your application early. Secure those stellar recommendation letters as soon as possible. You have been here before, think back to high school. Applying to college is a lot of work so be organized.
This isn’t the last of my blog. I definitely will change my mind a few times in the next three years and when I do I will come back to this blog to help me research and work through my choice. I hope you do the same.
Reporter was named as the 5th worst job of 2012 recently. This has caused a lot of reflection among professionals in the business, journalism students and myself as well.
The realities of a career in the newspaper business are grim and not to be ignored. With a negative 4.75 hiring prospect, being a working reporter seems like more of a dream then a reality. The truth is most people will not end up working in the field of journalism even if they studied it.
That is why I feel it is so important to look at other options for after graduating from journalism school. I’m absolutely not encouraging anyone away from the field, I love journalism and could not imagine working in any other field. But there are still ways to work as a journalist and not be a traditional newspaper reporter, and I believe it is those options that are worth exploring now or even in graduate school because those will be the new journalism jobs.
There are few—if any—graduate school journalism programs that I feel are really worth it coming from a journalism undergraduate program, but Columbia is worth it in any case.
There is a reason that Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has consistently been ranked among the top, if not the No. 1 school for post-undergraduate journalism studies: their graduates are extremely successful.
Many factors contribute to CU’s success. The school is in a great location. New York City is a huge hub of international news and a major media market that houses some of the best internships in the county; internships that CU journalism students are close to.
Another perk that sets CU’s program apart is a long list of distinguished alumni. The school was originally constructed with funds that Joseph Pulitzer had left the university in his will. The journalism school to this day is the distributer of the highly coveted Pulitzer Prizes, what more incentive could an ambitious journalist need?
With past graduates like Steve Kroft of 60 minutes and Andrea Elliot of the New York Times CU offers its students more than just a strong journalism education, they offer a network of past graduates who hold some of the most powerful potions in the journalism world.
Lastly CU’s staff is top tier, offering another round of possible connections for students and of course a priceless resource for students. Nicholas Lemann, dean and professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is an established journalist in his own right, like many other faculty members.
Lemann has contributed to the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and the Washington Monthly.
That being said getting into CU isn’t particularly easy but if you can manage it there is no doubt as to whether it’s worth it or not.
CU offers a master of science or arts in communications as well as a doctorate of philosophy in communications. For more information visit their website http://www.journalism.columbia.edu/home.