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A Good Question From Teaching Online Journalism: Is It Stupid To Major In Journalism?

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

As I was going for my daily spin on the Google Reader, my eye caught an article from Mindy McAdams on her excellent Teaching Online Journalism blog asking the title question.  It was a question that I struggle with regularly as I speak with students trying to decide a career path.

I would never say it was stupid to major in journalism, but if I could go back again, I wouldn’t.   I would still be a journalist, but I would major in something like business or computer science, take journalism classes and participate in campus media, including the school newspaper and radio/TV stations (which I did in college).

I firmly believe that you can be a great journalist without having the Journalism tag on your college diploma, having hired some great writers who majored in everything from philosophy to history to business marketing.

So what do you think? Is it stupid to major in journalism?

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