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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), producer, WMTV, Indianapolis, IN

Ricardo Avila (2016), reporter, Telemundo Phoenix

Laurie Babinski, in-house counsel, Credit Karma

Courtney Bryant (2012), anchor/reporter, KMOV-TV, St. Louis

Niala Charles (2015), anchor/reporter, KTTC-TV, Rochester, MN

Austin Cox (2015), executive producer, KOAA News 5, Colorado Springs, CO

Kelly Davies Michelena (2007(, production partnerships lead, Facebook, Los Angeles

Haley Decker (2011), marketing manager, Dialpad, San Francisco, CA

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

Danica Frye (2012), producer, NBC New York, Los Angeles

Shayla Girardin (2015), reporter, KOAA News 5, Colorado Springs, CO

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

Jackson Hogan (2017), reporter, Bend Bulletin, Bend, OR

Stefan Holt (2010), anchor, WNBC-TV, New York City

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

Whitney Irick (2015), online news producer, NBCLA, Los Angeles

Zack Jenkins (2012), community editor, Flickr, San Francisco, CA

Alex Jokich (2009), morning news anchor, WWTV-WWUP, Cadillac-Traverse City, MI

Kyle Jorrey (2004), editor, Acorn Newspapers, Thousand Oaks, CA

Greg Lee (2010), reporter, KABC 7, Los Angeles

Jane Lee (2009), writer, Oakland A's, MLB.com, Oakland, CA

Kelle Long (2009), Motion Picture Association of America, Washington, DC

Alexandra Manzano (2006), director of audience engagement, Los Angeles Times

Patrick O'Connor (1999) NFL Network

Marissa Padilla (2015), executive producer, ESPN3, Big West Conference, Los Angeles

DeAnJilo Platt-Friday (2015), production assistant, Fox Sports West, Los Angeles

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

Alysha Tsuji (2015) sports, social media writer/editor ESPN, Los Angeles

Chris Segal (2008), executive editor, GateHouse Media, New Bern, NC

Rudabeh Shahbazi, anchor, WFOR, Miami

Shannon Urtnowski (2009), producer, NBC Nightly News, New York

Lora Victorio, (2001) digital editor, Los Angeles Times

Bill Weir (1990) executive producer/host, "The Wonder List with Bill Weir," CNN, New York City

Olivia Womack (2014), news producer, KPTV Fox 12, Portland, OR

Mark Hull (1994) is Chief Product Developer at Facebook


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.