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Careers in Journalism

The FGCU Journalism degree program prepares students for media careers in which they will be expected to report, edit and present high-quality journalism for a variety of platforms—including newspapers, magazines, audio, video and Internet-based technologies—and for a combination of these formats.

The program emphasizes clear writing, factual accuracy, critical thinking, ethical and legal principles, social consciousness, technological skill, and practical, hands-on reporting and editing experience. Students will develop an awareness of the role of journalism in a democratic society and think critically about emerging issues in journalism and mass media.

Career Information:

Alex PinaWith a journalism degree, students are prepared to work in the following jobs:

  • Reporter for online news source
  • Copywriter or editor
  • On-air reporter for television news station
  • Producer, videographer or editor for television news station or online news source
  • Photojournalist
  • Social media specialist
  • Digital news graphic designer

Data about post-graduation employment (From Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce):

  • Journalism graduates can expect to earn about $51,000 a year. (Median salary, full-time, full-year workers with a terminal bachelor’s).
  • Salaries from the 25th percentile and the 75th percentile range from $35,000 a year to $80,000 a year.
  • According to glassdoor, starting annual salaries for journalists average about $36,000.