Journalism + UB = Syracuse Here I Come!

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

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3 responses to “Journalism + UB = Syracuse Here I Come!

  1. What are your brother’s definitions of journalism and newspaper, in regards to them not being the same. I find that an interesting but confusing statement.

  2. sorry it took so long to get back to you. I honestly having checked my email since I posted. But anyways, my brother interned at a bunch of different newspapers while in college to perfect his writing. With all this interning you think he would have gotten straight A’s in his journalism classes because he was a step ahead of everybody. But he struggled. He told me that the newspapers taught him one way to write while his class taught him another way. so he disregarded his classes style because he didnt want it messing up the way the newspaper had taught…..I hope that makes sense

  3. Chad — good first post for a first-time writer. Like the honesty. Hold onto it.

    Content: 4 Strong, to the point. We need to work on your writing. Like many of your classmates, you use too many words to make your point. We’ll work to sharpen your prose.
    Like Jennifer, I’d like to hear more about what your brother thinks and what sort of writing he learned in school. When was that anyway? Like in all trades, once you master the basics of grammar, then you can start breaking rules in order to make a point. Tom Wolfe did that in the 1960s to great acclaim.
    Links: 3 Good. Would never find those myself.
    Grammar: 3 No obvious errors.

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