Hello, I am twenty-six years old, and I live in Saint Louis, MO. I would like to pursue an academic career in journalism, with the intention of becoming either an investigative journalist or a foreign correspondent. I am, unfortunately, clueless in regard to which study path I should choose.
I have researched a bit and I find that many people claim that a journalism school is a must. I have also read advice that puts general communications school programs in a negative light.
My two options are Washington University-- this is the easiest option for me-- and Webster University. Neither has a school of journalism. Wash U does not offer journalism as a major: in fact, it only offers one course that is strictly directed towards journalism. Students, apparently, choose to major in English. Webster University, slightly similar, has many general communications courses but only a few that concentrate on journalism. How imperative is it to find a journalism school, if I were to wish for a successful start in my professional career? If it is not imperative, then what are alternatives?
Thank you for your attention. As I mentioned, I am not fully aware of my options. I would appreciate any advice.
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