So, You Want to Become a Journalist? Words by: Kishanda L. Burns

Are you interested in sports? What about the media industry? Or even news in general?

SJGC students and NABJ members

Look no further, class of 2021. The School of Journalism and Graphic Communications (SJGC) is the right place to be!

You’re probably wondering how could you get involved when you’re only a freshman, have no credits, and have no volunteer hours? Psh! There are many ways to get involved in SJGC! You can actually start off volunteering for News 20 at Five. But, first, here are some tips from Journalism Degree (a website that is informational for those who are interested in becoming a journalist or pursuing an education in journalism) on becoming a journalist while in school.

Journalism Degree specify that before anyone climb up a ladder to becoming a journalist, one must build their writing talent. “To become a journalist, some intrinsic skills are necessary achieve success.” Writing in journalism is imperative because no matter what route you want to take (reporter, producer, social media outlet, etc.,) there will be writing. Writing is everywhere in journalism. The Associated Press Stylebook (also name the AP Book) will become your best friend because in journalism. The AP Book is where you go to make sure you’re using the right word, grammatically wise. The AP Book will be something that you need to carry every day when you’re in SJGC. Just in case you’re unsure if you’re using the wrong word or not.

Another tip that Journalism Degree recommended is getting a solid education. In journalism, there will always be something new that you will learn and there’s nothing better than getting an education in journalism. “A solid education is an investment in your future.” Your course curriculum and staying in touch with your advisor to make sure that you’re on is right track is important and it cannot be stressed enough!

One tip that Journalism Degree stated which stand out from the other tips is securing an internship. Securing an internship while in college will go a long way, especially when it’s time to graduate and you are job searching. Securing an internship will prep you for your dream job and by the time you have your dream job, you will already have the experience.

Now, the moment that you have be waiting for… how to get involved when you don’t have any credits and no volunteer hours!

In SJGC, there’s always a way to get involved. From National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) to News 20 at Five.

The National Association of Black Journalist is an organization for African-American journalists, student and even professionals. News 20 at Five is FAMU’s own news show staffed by SJGC student journalist. There’s also The FAMUAN, Journey Magazine and WANM 90.5 FM. The FAMUAN is FAMU’s own newspaper that is also staffed by SJGC student journalist and the same thing follow with Journey Magazine and WANM 90.5.

As a freshman, you can get involved by volunteering, getting to know the student journalist and getting more information on The FAMUAN, Journey Magazine, News 20 at Five and WANM 90.5. Even if you want to expand your brand, you can network because journalism is all about networking. There’s many ways to go about it, you have to step out of your confront zone.

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