Can I get a job at a news station without a journalism degree? What’s the difference between Media Studies & Communications? Actually, what is Media Studies? Buff State has my major. I’ll transfer there, wait…did I just think about transferring to Buff State? lol.
By the time, I made the Red Power Ranger my hero and learned how to moonwalk, I knew what I wanted to do when I “grew up” — be a journalist! My siblings are both journalists. My brother, Jean-Jacques, is a columnist for the Dallas Morning News & my sister Keeanga-Yamahtta is a columnist for SocialistWorker.org. I wanted to be like them.
But I’ll be honest, I’ve never written an article, a story or even a blog, outside of the requirements for a class. I facebook, myspace (yes! I still use myspace) and tweet if that counts for anything.
Even so, even with this lack of experience, I know this is what I want to do. I want to write. I want to be a journalist!
The big question is where do I master my craft? What’s the best way to acquire the skills necessary to succeed? Do I stay at UB, maybe go to Buff State or do I leave for Syracuse, where they actually have a journalism program?
My brother said journalism and newspaper writing aren’t the same. So, maybe I’ll concentrate on getting internships at the local papers.
It seems life there are two challenges in life—deciding what you want to do and then figuring out how to do it.
“If you can imagine it you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it” -William Arthur Ward