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Journalism Careers

What Can I Do With a Degree in Journalism?

Journalism graduates have a broad liberal arts background as well as special skills in content creation and editing. Careers include online, print and visual, television news reporting, writing, editing and producing. Some graduates manage content and social media for websites, non-profit organizations or specialty blogs. Journalism can also be useful for careers developing websites and apps, public relations, advocacy work, public policy and law.

Potential Careers for Journalism Majors

Broadcast Journalist Online Video Creator
Columnist Photojournalist
Digital Content Manager Podcaster
Editor-in-Chief Production Assistant
Graphic Designer Public Affairs Specialist
Lawyer Show Director
Managing Editor Social Media Manager
Media Producer Sound Engineer
Multimedia Journalist  

* The above list represents a sample of potential careers for journalism majors.

Companies Alumni Work For

ABC News Fox Sports



CBS Los Angeles Times


NBC News

Disney Spectrum Sports Network
ESPN The Daily News
Facebook Media  USA Today

Journalism graduates can usually enter the field with just a bachelor's degree, but journalism can also serve as a foundation for more advanced study. Past graduates have gone on to earn advanced degrees in law, public policy, religion, education, media research and business. Journalistic skills in research, editing, critical thinking, synthesis and writing can serve a student well in all graduate work.

Alumni in the Field

Gretchen Andsager (2015), content strategist, Digital Third Coast, former news producer, FOX 32, Chicago, IL

Ricardo Avila (2016), reporter, Telemundo Phoenix

Laurie Babinski (2003), general counsel, lonQ, Washington, D.C.

Lindsey Boerma (2010), politics producer, News Nation at WGN America

Courtney Bryant (2012), anchor, FOX 5, Atlanta, GA

Miles Campbell (2022), associate at Finsbury, Glover, Hering, Washington, D.C.

Madeleine Carr (2020), communications coordinator, Wisconsin Union, Madison, WI

Niala Charles (2015), national correspondent for NBC News, based in Los Angeles

Annabelle Childers (2022), multimedia journalist, News Channel 13 (KRDO), ABC affiliate, Colorado Springs, CO

Austin Cox (2015), communication & outreach coordinator, City of Westminster, CO

Araceli Crescencio (2019), multimedia journalist NewsChannel 5, Nashville, TN

Kelly Michelena (Davies) (2007), director, Reality Labs Partnership Programs, Meta

Haley Decker (2011), marketing & brand manager, Medium, Santa Monica, CA

Carolyn Edwards (2019), staff writer, CORQ, London, UK

Alexander Fisher (2016), anchor/reporter KGET-TV, NBC affiliate, Bakersfield, CA

Hannah Follman (2020), multimedia journalist/producer, WTHI-TV Channel 10, dual FOX/CBS affiliate, Terre Haute, IN 

Jennevieve Fong (2018), account executive, Scenario Communications, Los Angeles, CA

Danica Frye (2012), producer, NBC News, New York

Jenna Rae Gaertner (2020), multimedia journalist, Spectrum News, New Bern, NC

Shayla Girardin (2015), weather reporter, ABC30, Fresno, CA

Kristian Glenn (2010), coordinator, digital video programming strategy, NFL Media, Los Angeles

Breanna Grigsby (2015), content creator, Girls Health Period

Logan Hall (2018), politics and breaking news reporter; former senior producer, Spectrum News, Los Angeles

Bryce Hanamoto (2018), news producer, Hawaii News Now, NBC/CBS affiliate, Honolulu, HI

Jackson Hogan (2017), communication specialist, Ferndale School District; former reporter, Bend Bulletin, Bend, OR

Stefan Holt (2010), anchor, NBC 5 News, Chicago

Adam Housley (1992), former correspondent, Fox News Channel, Los Angeles

Makena Huey (2021), reporter, The Acorn Newspapers Camarillo, CA

Mark Hull (1995), chief product officer, GoodRx

Whitney Ashton (Irick) (2015), audience growth manager, NBC Universal

Zack Jenkins (2012), director of brand, content & partnerships at Fuzzy; former community editor, Flickr, San Francisco, CA Alex Jokich (2009), morning news anchor, WWTV-WWUP, CBS affiliate, Cadillac-Traverse City, MI Kyle Jorrey (2004), editor, Acorn Newspapers, Thousand Oaks, CA

Heather Kaczrowski (2012), senior grant writer, SecondMuse, Chicago, IL

Greg Lee (2010), political reporter, FOX 2 (KTVU), San Francisco Jane Lee (2009), writer, Oakland A's, MLB.com, Oakland, CA

Josie Lionetti (2020), press assistant/legislative correspondent, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

Ismael (Izzy) Loya (2013), sports producer, KTLALos Angeles, CA

Dani Masten (2020), multimedia journalist, FOX 5, Las Vegas, NV

Alexandra Manzano (2006), editorial director for Strategy and Operations, Politico; former director of audience engagement, Los Angeles Times

Kyle McCabe (2022), reporter, Sky-Hi News, Grand County, CO

Darlene Melendez (2015), anchor, KOAT Action 7 News, ABC affiliate, Albuquerque, NM

Kaelin Mendez (2021), freelance photojournalist/ video editor, Getty Images

Emily Morton (2022), digital content coordinator, Chicago White Sox Chicago, IL

Ashley Mowreader (2022), writer/reporter, Air Cargo Magazine, Washington, D.C.

Emily Mueller (2010), design program manager, Thrive, San Francisco, CA

Patrick O'Connor (1999), news producer, KTLA producer, NFL Network

Carlie Ott (2020), morning broadcast director, KARE 11, NBC affiliate, Minneapolis, MN

Jackson Overstreet (2017), multimedia journalist, KAKE TV, ABC affiliate, Wichita, KS

Alexis Padilla (2017), anchor/reporter, KSNW-TV, NBC affiliate, Wichita, KS

Marissa Padilla (2015), XPression Designer & Programmer for SoFi Stadium; Executive Producer for C&H Media

Maria Prada (2015), reporter, Nex Noticias, San Jose, Costa Rica

Whitney Bussell Prislac (2022),digital producer, Gannett, Nashville, TN 

Arthur Puu (2018), senior social media strategist, ESPN, Los Angeles, CA

Jon Michael Raasch (2019), associate producer/writer, Fox News Digital

Rachel Ripp (2019), multi-skilled journalist, News 19 (WLTX-TV), CBS affiliate, Columbia, SC

Paxton Ritchey (2021), sports information, Colorado Mesa University

Mariella Rudi (2015), freelance writer, published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Bon Appetit, Los Angeles, CA Chris Segal (2008), regional executive editor, GateHouse Media, New Bern, NC Rudabeh Shahbazi (2003), national correspondent, News Nation, Chicago

Channa Steinmetz (2020), reporter, Startland News Kansas City, MO

Cassandra Stephenson (2018), metro reporter, The Tennessean, Nashville, TN Emily Tencer (2019), reporter/multimedia journalist, FOX 13, Salt Lake City, UT
Alysha Tsuji (2015) senior specialist, social & multi-platform strategy, Discovery Animal Planet, Science Channel; former sports, social media writer/editor ESPN, Los Angeles Shannon Urtnowski (2009), producer, NBC Nightly News, New York Kristin Vartan (2018), multimedia journalist, Fox 40 Sacramento, CA
Lora Victorio (2001) news desk editor, Los Angeles Times; former digital editor, Los Angeles Times Bill Weir (1990), climate change reporter, CNN, New York City Anthony Wells (2017), reporter, CNN Brasil 
Nicola Wentz (2019), international news producer, ZDF, Washington, D.C.
Brianna Willis (2021), multimedia journalist/weekend anchor, 23ABC, Bakersfield, CA Kayiu Wong (2020), TODAY Show researcher, NBC News

Career Center Services

The Career Center offers a range of services and support for Pepperdine students and alumni. A sample of their services are highlighted below.

  • Career Assessments
  • Resume
  • Interviewing Tips
  • Internship / Job Search
  • Networking
  • Graduate School Advising

For additional information, visit the Career Services webpage.