The journalism concentration at Lyon College develops the thinking, writing, and editing skills needed for professional writing careers in business and journalism. The concentration prepares students to join corporate editing and writing staffs, as well as the editing and reporting staffs of newspapers and magazines.
Students following the journalism concentration choose majors appropriate to their intellectual and professional interests. Some students might select an English major, for example, to focus on critical verbal skills, while others might select political science to develop understanding of political events important to news and editorial writing. Students in the journalism concentration are free to select whatever major suits their individual interests and needs.
Many Lyon College graduates with courses from the journalism concentration have successfully joined the reporting staffs of newspapers and online blogs, and they have been accepted into the writing and editing staffs of professional organizations. Their success has stemmed from their ability to think critically, to write clearly and concisely, to solve problems, and to lead.
Students practice their journalism skills with the college newspaper, The Highlander, usually serving as writers and copy editors. Many students also participate in the College’s literary magazine, The Wheelbarrow.
“Without the journalism concentration, I would not be where I am today in my public relations career. Being able to write concisely is so important for organization leaders, and I rely on my journalism skills every day in PR!”
Publications: Buzzfeed, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Talk Business & Politics, Carroll County News, Hot Springs Sentinel Record, Stone County Leader, KATV Channel 7, KMOT TV, WITN-TV, WBBH-TV, Arkansas Catholic, Batesville Daily Guard, White River Now Radio
Workplaces: Timex, Camp Founder Girls, Black Outside, Inc., JET program, City Year
For more information on the required courses for a Journalism major, view our courses page.
Some popular careers for journalism majors include:
The starting median salary in the U.S. for a college graduate with a journalism degree is $35,600.
Communications Specialist- $52,000
Marketing Director- $82,000
Communications Manager- $68,000
For more information on admissions to Lyon College, visit our Admissions page.
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