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The Journalism minor at Frostburg State University is designed to complement majors in a variety of disciplines, including English, Mass Communications, Political Science, History, and the Sciences. It combines practical and “context” courses, affording students not only skill development in the areas of journalistic writing, editing, writing for online outlets, and telecommunications, but also the opportunity to develop areas of focus for their writing such as politics, government, social and cultural developments, and so on. It is this broadened approach to journalism, according to job forecasters, that better prepares a future journalist for the job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition, ”Students with a background in journalism as well as another subject, such as politics, economics, or biology, will have an advantage over those without additional background knowledge in moving beyond an entry-level position.”
In addition, Journalism minors are required to take a three-credit Field Experience course, which adds even more practical experience to their resume and provides them with an entrée into the job market. As far as the job outlook for journalists is concerned, the Occupational Outlook Handbook states, “Job opportunities will be best for applicants in the expanding world of new media, such as online newspapers or magazines. Small local papers and news stations also will provide greater job prospects for potential reporters and news analysts. For beginning newspaper reporters, freelancing will supply more opportunities for employment as well.” Journalism graduates have other options, as well, in the world of work. The Handbook adds, “Journalism graduates have the background for work in closely related fields such as advertising and public relations or communications, and many take jobs in these fields.” The Journalism minor at FSU, combined with the Professional Writing concentration in the English major, prepares graduates for further study in a graduate journalism program.
To find out more information about the Journalism Minor, contact the coordinator, Dr. A. Franklin Parks.