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Shop Talk - July 10

Jul 10, 2012

The panelists talk about whether journalism is the best major for students who want to be reporters.

While it might seem obvious that a journalism degree would be best for a reporter, panelist Lisa Kernek points out a broad liberal arts education is required because reporters need to know about a lot of different things. She majored in history and found that provided a good background for being a journalist.

However, Kernek also found that editors often look for someone with a journalism degree so she feels a major or minor in journalism is helpful. She ended up earning a Master's in journalism.

Panelist Mike Murray agrees that a broad liberal arts background benefits reporters. He encourages students to minor in a field that requires a good deal of writing because reporters do a good deal of writing, even in broadcasting.