Degree in Journalism? Pshaw!

Writing a novel is an ambitious undertaking. For many authors it’s a labour of love.

And I shouldn’t wonder how many any part-time writers dream about a career in copywriting. Why not get paid to do something you love?

Clearly you have the passion and the talent. And you’ve read the work of some of those MSN news “journalists” (not to sound pedantic, but basic English spelling and grammar skills seem to escape them sometimes).

A quick scan of these career opportunities will, more often than not, ask for a Degree in Journalism. For those who don’t have one, it can be dream-deflating realization.

But is the degree really necessary?

This came up during a conversation between myself and a well-seasoned PR executive. He told me that many companies, while preferring to hire someone with such a designation, are really looking for someone who can communicate with their audience. Talent is talent, degree or no.

Getting past the gatekeeper might prove a little more challenging, but arming yourself with references, experience, and writing samples can help you overcome any such obstacles. And network, network, network!

Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to secure one copywriting contract and am working on another freelance project. The plan is to leverage these with the ad copywriting experience I already have to grow my client roster.

Who knows where this can lead?

Well, I know where it won’t lead: to me in my nineties saying, “I wish I would have tried.”

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at


Author: Richard S. Todd

Pro copywriter. Expressive voice artist. Award-winning public speaker.

2 thoughts on “Degree in Journalism? Pshaw!”

  1. A degree in journalism – OK, it’s fine as a guide-line. But I’m sure being able to write is the main qualification, which you obviously have and journalists often don’t.

    1. Thanks for that, LJ 🙂

      Yes, perhaps the degree is also a way of showing that the person is educated in at least something. A journalism degree in particular shouldn’t be the deciding factor in the hiring process.

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