Associate's Degree Programs in Journalism

Earning an associate's degree in journalism can help get you started toward a writing career although it's important to note that you'll typically need to hold at least a bachelor's degree in order to become a journalist. Read on to find out if you can pursue this degree online and for career and salary information. Schools offering Journalism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are There Any Prerequisites for an Associate's Degree in Journalism?

Associate's degree programs in journalism are typically designed for students with little or no writing or media experience and are sometimes geared for those who plan on transferring to a bachelor's degree program. Prerequisites for an associate's degree program usually only require a high school diploma or equivalent.

Prerequisites High school diploma or equivalent
Common Courses Mass communication, feature writing, media law, editing
Salary Range (2016) $24,151-$71,166 (for journalists)*
Online Options Certificate, bachelor's and master's programs available online

*Source: PayScale.com

What Courses Will I Take?

You can expect to take a full general education curriculum, in addition to covering media-related issues, such as ethics in journalism, media law, the ways in which media affects society and the impact of the Internet on journalism, among other topics that prepare students to work in both print and online mediums. Many programs also offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working for a school publication. Some of the courses you can expect to find in this type of associate's degree include:

  • Desktop publishing
  • Copyediting
  • Mass communications
  • Newspaper reporting
  • Feature writing

What Is the Career Outlook for This Field?

Employment opportunities for reporters and news analysts were expected to decline at a rate of nine percent between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). The Bureau notes that the best opportunities should be found at smaller publications or online media platforms. While salaries vary, depending on such factors as location and the type of publication you work for, as of January 2016, salaries for journalists who reported their earnings to Payscale.com ranged from $24,151 at the 10th percentile to $71,166 at the 90th percentile. Typically, you'll need to complete a bachelor's degree program to be hired for most journalist positions.

Are Programs Available Online?

Associate's degree programs in journalism aren't offered online. However, if you're looking for an online program, you may find online certificate programs in journalism at the undergraduate level from a few schools that may also allow you to take only individual courses to suit your interests. You can also find online bachelor's and master's degree programs in journalism.

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