With the aid of the Internet and other technological advantages, online media has never been so personable and reachable. On the Internet, everyone has a voice; some may be heard more and are louder than others, but there is nothing stopping you from strengthening your own voice and making it heard – not even a degree. Those who want to pursue a degree in online media and write on the Internet (much like I am doing now) do NOT need to go through the traditional course of majoring in Journalism at any of the finest journalism schools like University of Missouri or Northwestern University. That is the old way, but this is the new way.
Now there is an entirely new box of tools that you need to pursue a career in online media. Let’s start with education though. There is nothing wrong at all with a degree in journalism, in fact it can prove to be the most beneficial depending on what your exact niche is, but college isn’t as bland as that; there are several different paths you can go down. Sports journalism, for instance, narrows your scope down. Those who want a career in online media writing about sports can hone their skills in with a degree in sports journalism.
Another route to go would include broadcasting. Online media is basically an open market on the Internet and doesn’t take form of just words, but videos too. YouTube has become increasingly popular as being a news outlet as people have been creating their own YouTube channels for the sole purpose of delivering entertaining, interesting, and comical news. This is where a degree in broadcasting, speech, or computer science would come into play.
But your degree is just a piece of paper, a label. What most employers who employ through the use of the Internet look for is reputation and knowledge. Having a great understanding of the niche you’re wanting to get into will instantly put you ahead of any competition you have running for the spot you are. Further yet, having a reputation already as someone who knows that field will put you ahead even more. At the end of the day though, you don’t need an employer to make a career in online media. That’s right, you can employ yourself. You can start your own website, your own blog, your own YouTube channel, and start from scratch. This is difficult and it’s definitely a huge risk, but if you’re confident, passionate, and determined to stick with it then you could have a real dream job.