Career Paths: Journalism

All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and journalism majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong written and verbal communication skills, research and information-gathering abilities, the ability to assess and present in different media, and comfort with deadline pressures.
Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "ASE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major below. 

Internship & Job Search Websites

Journalism Jobs
TV Jobs

Student Groups

NSAC - National Student Advertising Competition
PRSSA - Public Relations Student Society of America
Society of Professional Journalists (UMNSPJ)
The Wake
Minnesota Daily
Radio K
Studio U

Professional Organizations

Society for Professional Journalists
National Association of Broadcasters
Asian American Journalists Association (Minnesota Chapter)
National Association of Black Journalists
American Society of Journalists and Authors
Minnesota Newspaper Association
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Radio Television Digital News Association

Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.
Click on the plus sign (+) to expand each box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Communication & Media

 - Programming Intern, BET
 - Reporter, The Minnesota Daily
 - Sports Intern, KSTP
 - News Intern, WCCO
 - News Intern, KTTC-TV
 - Intern Reporter, St. Paul Pioneer Press
 - Editorial Intern, Tiger Oak Media
 - News Intern, Kare 11
 - Publishing Intern, Greenspring Media
 - Communications Intern, Fox Sports North
 - Intern, The Riveter Magazine

 - K-12 Education Reporter, Duluth News Tribune
 - General Assignment Reporter, KEYC News 12 - Mankato
 - Host & Reporter, Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC

 - Editor, FenderBender Magazine
 - Sports Anchor, CBS - Duluth
 - Features & Arts Editor, St. Paul Pioneer Press
 - Political Reporter, MPR News
 - Reporter, Star Tribune
 - Staff Reporter, MinnPost
 - Morning News Anchor, WZTV Fox 17
 - Radio Reporter, Coast Alaska
 - Reporter, WCCO TV
 - Aviation Reporter, Dallas Morning News
 - Multimedia News Reporter, KARE 11
 - Senior Editor, Touchpoint Media

Graduate Programs
 - Professional MA in Strategic Communication, University of Minnesota


 - Operations Intern, National American Hockey League
 - Corporate Communications Intern, U.S. Bank

 - Associate Producer, LEVEL Studios
 - Events Team Member, iHeartMedia

 - Senior Communications Manager, Land O‚ÄôLakes
 - External Communications Specialist, Best Buy

Graduate Programs
 - MBA, University of Minnesota


 - Peer Advisor, CLA Student Services, University of Minnesota
 - Communications & Engagement Intern, Housing & Residential Life

 - Student Services Specialist, University of Minnesota

 - Communications Manager, Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication


 - Photographer, The Wake Student Magazine
 - Video Marketing Intern, Denamico
- Communications Intern, Edina Historical Society

Entry-Level & Experienced
- Freelance Photographer, Star Tribune
- Latino Community Liaison, Mixed Blood Theatre

Graduate Programs
 - MFA, University of Minnesota

Government & Law

 - Constituent Services intern, Office of Mayor Christopher B. Coleman

 - Reporter, Politics in Minnesota

 - Communications Coordinator, MN Department of Health
 - Associate Attorney*, Nilan Johnson Lewis


 - Web Developer*, The Wall Street Journal
 - Associate Software Engineer*, Olson
 - Digital producer, BringMeTheNews

 - Associate UX Designer*, Accruent
 - Senior User Experience Designer*, Matchpoint NY