I just wanted to let you know that I stumbled across your blog a couple of days ago and I’m so glad I did!
I’m currently a student from Australia and I’m pretty keen on a career in PR. My university doesn’t offer studies in PR, so I was tossing up between journalism or communications as my major. I was wondering, which of the two majors would employers look at more favorably down the line?
I know that what I study won’t be the only thing employers look at, but when it comes down to it, would a major in journalism or communications be more beneficial to me for a career in PR? Or does it not really matter either way?
Thanks for your help!
This is a tough questions because honestly, both majors are widely accepted when entering the PR field and it really comes down to your job and internship experience. Many employers have different opinions of what they would prefer, but I don’t think one or the other would hinder you. PR professionals consider journalism as a great major for PR students since you learn the ins and outs of the media landscape. However, it’s also important to learn the wide array of communication studies to help determine what you ultimately might be interested in.
If there’s even a small thought of you someday wanting to being a writer or editor, take the journalism route. If not, select communications. Most communications majors require journalism classes so you’ll get the best of both worlds.
Hope that this helps. And best of luck down under!