10 responses to “If you're upgrading your writing career, j-school isn't the answer”

  1. stephanerd

    Great post Michelle! After getting our undergraduate degrees, many friends and acquaintances started looking at grad school, some as a continuation of their education…some because they still felt directionless…

    To me, grad school has never seemed necessary. Why get a degree to write, when I’ve already been writing for years!?

    With determination and initiative, fledgling writers can get pretty far, without spending thousands of dollars for an M.A. or M.F.A. Research, networking, pitching…the occasional continuing education course…I’ve always thought it best to learn by doing.

  2. Stephanie

    Just out of curiosity, what does the academic side of journalism entail? Is it similar to an MA in MassComm?

  3. Doreen Howell

    Yes. I agree. A writing portfolio covering the various styles you are interested in will take you where you want to go.

  4. Kimberly Sallingboe

    Thanks for the post. I just discovered your blog, but I’m already hooked. I have a BA in English and have often toyed with the idea of going back for my Masters in Journalism, basically for the same reasons you covered in your post: a desire for legitimacy, the need to be on equal-footing with the agencies I work with, etc. Now I’m trying to get serious about freelancing, after stumbling into it accidentally, and your blog provides a lot of helpful tips for us newbies. Thanks again.

  5. Melissa

    Hey everyone. I’m actually an MSJ student at Medill. Oddly enough, I’m not here because I want the typical news job…I think I want something more in the way of management/communications, but I thought I needed to understand the journalism business. I also wanted new media training, and I’m taking media management courses through the Kellogg business school. For me, graduate school was a good choice because in addition to (hopefully) getting ahead in my career, I hope to one day teach at a university. So I guess it’s all about your own personal goals and what you want to do with your career. I’m lucky in that Medill allows me to sort of branch out and explore a lot of my interests, which is kind of what I wanted out of a j-school.