Life in a college town: Doing what you love, being a journalism major

The definition of journalism is the investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends to a broad audience.

I’m a print journalism major, but some may say that’s not a good idea. Newspapers used to be the ideal place to figure out news, read feature stories on certain people and check sports scores.

Now, people have moved into the realm of TV and smart phones. People don’t even seem to have the time to pick up a school newspaper anymore.

I also want to be a sports journalist, which makes the pool even smaller. Meaning, I’ll have to contend with ex-players, ex-coaches and people that have had a lot more experience in the field than I have, (at a major sports job). I’m in my element when I’m hastily writing opinion pieces on various websites about my favorite sports team. That’s the dream, getting paid to tell people about the next big superstar in the making, or the next bust.

Being a journalism major at Mansfield University, we write about various events and even piece together a magazine.

The classes make you feel like you are working on an actual staff, with re-writing, editing and other elements of a real staff.

People say, “why are you majoring in journalism, newspapers are dying” to which I respond, “I’m doing what I love.”

I knew I was destined to be a journalism major in 10th grade. Some people know what they want to do in life earlier than others.

I am afraid of the job market ahead of me when I finally graduate from college and earn my bachelor’s degree. I just have to change with the whole landscape in which journalism is changing.

People always will want to hear news, opinions and even sports and as long as someone is there to convey the news. There always will be TV, and broadcast journalism, and yes they do get news to you almost instantly but they don’t get the opinion. With TV, you get a story right then and there with some substance, but very little reaction right then and there.

Journalists, like me, are willing to delve in to the different realms of possibilities and angles from a certain story. That’s where I am a big fan of sports journalism. I don’t want to see the article on the game winning shot; I want to see the article on the guy who made the pass for that shot.

No matter whether I’m writing online, at a physical newspaper office or even on a magazine, I’ll always love the idea of journalism and never regret my decision on my major.

The bottom line is, that you have to do what you love. I’d rather be happy in a profession that is “dying” rather than be in a profession that I’m going to hate for the rest of my life.