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Journalist Education Requirements

A bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, liberal arts or english is the minimum requirement to become a journalist. Some students complete a double major in journalism and another subject, such as business or economics. Getting a master's degree in journalism can broaden one's horizons, or can start ones career in journalism if their bachelor's degree was in a different subject.

A journalist needs to have excellent research skills and an ability to generate accurate information and good content. They must be able to ask the right questions and understand situations quickly in order to produce coherent stories.

Like any writer, journalists should have a passion for language and all the ways it can be used. It's not just about the facts, but also about the way they are presented. Journalists need to have excellent writing and grammatical skills, and must always aim for accuracy.

To gather information, journalists need to have determination (though sometimes perceived as aggressiveness) to ask all the appropriate and necessary questions.

Education History of Journalists

The most common degree held by journalists is Journalism. 13 percent of journalists had a degree in journalism before becoming journalists. That is over 15 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among journalists, representing 11 percent of journalists in the Sokanu user base, which is 3.1 times the average.

Journalist Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Journalist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of journalists % of population Multiple
Journalism 12.9% 0.9% 14.6×
English Literature 10.9% 3.5% 3.1×
Communications 6.6% 2.4% 2.8×
Political Science 3.5% 2.1% 1.7×
Economics 2.4% 3.0% 0.8×
History 2.3% 1.6% 1.4×
Psychology 2.3% 4.6% 0.5×
International Relations 2.1% 1.1% 2.0×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.7% 1.1% 1.6×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.6% 1.6% 1.0×
Mass Media 1.6% 0.4% 4.2×
Liberal Arts 1.6% 1.2% 1.3×
Foreign Language Studies 1.3% 0.9% 1.4×

Journalist Education Levels

82% of journalists have a bachelor's degree. 5% of journalists have an associate's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 5%
Bachelor's degree 82%
Master's degree 5%
Doctorate degree 0%

How to Become a Journalist

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  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
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