Careers in Communication
Creating content for readers, viewers, listeners, companies, clients, donors, customers and lawmakers are a few of the groups journalists and public relations professionals target when they research, compose and produce stories and publicity materials. Having skills to do these tasks well helps make journalism majors competitive in a variety of employment opportunities. There is always a demand for good writers, regardless how content is delivered to its intended audience. Creating quality content under deadline is a time management skill journalism majors have honed from the writing intensive curriculum, and it is valued by employers.
Many employers are seeking people who can find relevant information quickly. Journalism majors can often demonstrate that they can provide quality information fast as they have honed their critical thinking skills to analyze sources and find credible information. They then can present the best information in a concise manner. Knowing how to deliver the content in a variety of ways requires journalism majors to adapt their writing and producing skills to the needs of the employer, the means of distributing content and the desires of the intended audience. Job descriptions which include “good communication skills” are open to journalism majors who can compete for and be placed in employment opportunities because of their superior writing skills.
Companies and non-profits can employ their own public relations staff. This requires the creation of internal newsletters for co-workers, but it also has publicity material for many other groups the companies and non-profits target for making a positive impression.
Public relations professionals are advocates who critically analyze information to create content and whole campaigns for employers, employees and clients. They are often tasked with planning events, e.g. fundraisers, banquets, trade shows, etc., and time management skills are required to ensure not only that people are aware of the event but also that all of the items the event requires to be successful is accounted for and delivered on time.
Public relations professionals have to understand how to persuade others, and this is a valuable talent which can include many employment opportunities. Management, sales, advertising and marketing are a few of the sectors which can public relations professionals can compete for because of their superior communication skills.
Many students are not aware of freelance reporting that can provide pay while working other jobs or even full-time work if the freelancer can pitch enough interesting stories to outlets seeking that content. Freelancers can specialize in covering a particular sector, e.g. travel or medical/health care, but many are curious about a range of items and enjoy researching, interviewing and producing stories on a variety of things, similar to what a general assignment reporter would do at a newspaper or TV station.
Having the skills of an excellent writer and quick researcher can provide employment opportunities where producing content is not only objective as many companies and non-profit organizations can hire journalism majors because of their superior time management and production skills.
Communication Disorders Degree
One out of every six Americans has a communication disorder ranging from stuttering to aphasia. The undergraduate degree in Speech Communication within the College of Arts and Sciences is the first in a continuum that can lead to the Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below to learn about the opportunities offered at GSU for students interested in the Speech Pathology profession.
This minor was developed to help students complete the prerequisite courses required by the CSD Master’s Program at GSU.
Math and Natural Sciences (Area D): BIOL 1103K, PHYS 2030, MATH 1070
Social Science (Area E): PSYC 1101, 2040, 2103
Electives (Area J): SCOM 3000, 4410, 4440; CSD 4360, 4320; EXC 4020; PSYC 4400
You can take American Sign Language (ASL 1001, or EXC 4370) as a foreign language.
Another good option for you to gain experience is by observing the activities developed by an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. You can contact the same places indicated above and ask if they provide the opportunity for observation hours.