The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers a BS in News and Information, as well as a MSJ, MSJ-IMC, MS/JD, and a PhD. This prepares students for careers in reporting, writing and editing for the media, including newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet. At the capstone level, students apply their learning by working on campus media. If you see yourself as a reporter, writer or editor--online, broadcast or in print--then the News and Information track is for you.
Sample of Related Skills
- Learn the theory and practice of professional communication
- Understand the theoretical foundations underlying persuasive messaging
- Conduct detailed, extensive, and accurate audience analysis
- Employ basic techniques for data gathering, analysis and statistics
- Develop core skills in writing, editing, storytelling, and design
- Apply communication concepts and theories to address everyday dilemmas within the dimensions of ethics, society, law, technology, relationships, and culture
- Demonstrate oral communication skills including public speaking, advanced decision-making, and negotiation and collaboration
Popular Career Paths
Newspaper/Magazine Publishing: Includes all aspects of newspaper production: writing, editing, advertising, producing, distributing.
Book Publishing: Involves all elements of creating, writing, composing, editing, and publishing fiction and non-fiction books.
Electronic Media: Includes careers in such mediums as radio, television, and the internet both in front of and behind the scenes.
Technical Writing: Involves much attention to detail and accuracy through writing in for corporations or textbook book publishers.
Business: Generally requires fluency in business, writing, and marketing and could include careers in marketing, advertising, and public relations.
Explore More Career Paths
- Broadcast Media and Journalism Career Guide - descriptions of career titles in journalism, as well as a list of relevant online resources
- National Association of Broadcasters - insight into the fields of radio and television broadcasting
Jobs to Consider
News Desk Assistant
Places to Seek Employment
Local, State, and Federal Government Agencies
Public Relations Firms
View specific employers by state.
- Identify areas of interest and your strengths in journalism so you can focus your academics and experiences toward these fields.
- Become familiar with the required professional qualifications associated with careers that interest you (i.e., advanced degrees, licensure and/or certifications).
- Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent study, internships, part-time jobs, student organization involvement, or volunteering.
- Register for HireJayhawks.com and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information.
- Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field.
- Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals.
- Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional education.
- Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest, such as: Amateur Radio Club, Footprint Radio Broadcasting Ministry, Journalism Student Ambassadors Program, KU Society for Professional Journalists, and University Daily Kansan.
- Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest: sample resume-freelance (pdf), sample resume-broadcasting (pdf).
Job and Internship Search Resources
- Adweek Media Job Market - online career resource center with job listings, job serach tips, and career ideas for those interested in working in media
- American Society of Magazine Editors - information on professional development opportunities, FAQ's, and internships within the field of magazine editing
- Ed(2010) Whisper Jobs - job and internship listings, as well as salary and contact information for various companies in the publishing and journalism industries.
- Kansas Association of Broadcasters - list of stations as well as jobs and internships in the Kansas area, as well as information on broadcasting legalities
- Kansas Press Association - list of news and information positions available in Kansas and the surrounding area, as well as a Kansas newspaper directory
- KU's School of Journalism Job and Internship Listings - list of jobs and internships for students interested in news and information
- Mediabistro.com - job listings, networking and freelancing resources, and more
- Mediajobs.net - job and internship listings in media
- National Alliance of State Broadcasters Association - online career page with job listings from across the country, as well as descriptions of specific job titles organized by industry
- Newspaper Association of America: Newspaper CareerBank - available jobs the newspaper industry; NAA members account for nearly 90% of the daily circulation in the U.S.
- National Newspaper Association - online career center with job listings and the ability to set up personal job alerts
- StudentFreelance.com - list of freelance opportunities for students only
- Talentzoo.com - job listings in marketing, advertising, digital, and media