Hi flowers! 🌸
Welcome back to my blog.
Side Note: This post was inspired by Sareena
So, thank you Sareena for the idea 😀
Double side note: This is not a post that aims to discourage anyone from choosing journalism as their college major. These are simply my thoughts written out on the internet 🙂
Yesterday I posted a blog post talking about why sociology was the right college major for me. Read part 1 here
I figured why not talk about the reasons why journalism didn’t work for me. If anyone doesn’t know, journalism was my first choice of major before sociology. Now.. the reason I switched? I feel it’s appropriate to talk about why journalism wasn’t the right major for me through pros and cons.
-Relationships that you form through writing
-Traveling across the world to cover news stories
-Being able to cover topics around the world that interest you
-Access to mentors
-Improving your photography and multimedia skills
–Constant questions which involve “Do you really want to be on TV?”
-Messing up a story you’ve rehearsed in your head a thousand times
-The pressure of getting a press release out before anyone else
-It’s YOUR job to be the FIRST to cover that news story
-Extremely hard to make yourself known
-Doesn’t pay all that well
OH AND DID I MENTION THE PRESSURE???
The bottom line is.. It was just too much pressure. I think journalists are super cool people for sure, but I give them a lot of credit for what they do. Imagine the pressure, and stress they must face everyday to get to their destination on time, cover a news story first, AND release the best press release? And that’s after a million re-writes, drafts, and approval from your supervisor.
It’s so much to think about. 😮
My reason for deciding against it? Mostly the pressure. It’s just too much for me in the end, and as I got closer to my degree I realized I wasn’t too interested.
So, that’s that. 🙂 Seriously though.. if anyone wants to become a journalist, more power to you! It’s a tough career choice, but if you’re happy then so am I! 😀