FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Given the economic woes of the news media, are there really jobs for convergence graduates?
A. Yes. While newspapers, television and radio stations are laying off personnel, they’re also exploring ways to expand their digital offerings and make more money from them. They need and want employees who understand how to work in this new and challenging environment. There are also many job opportunities outside the traditional media. Our graduates are working in a variety of good-paying jobs in large and small markets across the country.
Q. Is the convergence sequence for students who are “undecided” about a journalism career?
A. Not really. We’re looking for students who want to work across media platforms as opposed to those who aren’t sure what, if any, kind of journalism they want to practice.
Q. What if I take the Convergence Reporting course then decide I don’t want to stay in the convergence sequence?
A. The other sequences have agreed to accept Convergence Reporting (along with the pre-convergence course) as a substitute for their entry-level courses. Again, you should not lose any credits or time.
Q. There are some interesting concentrations listed in the convergence sequence materials. But what if I want to concentrate in some other aspect of journalism?
A. The other sequences are willing to consider additional concentrations. Suggest one and we’ll put together a proposal. It’s also possible to make your own concentration with approval from the sequence chair and your advisor.
Q. I’m not very technically inclined. Can I make it in the convergence sequence?
A. Yes. Digital news gathering, editing and distribution tools are becoming simpler and more powerful at the same time. You need not be a computer programmer to be a convergence journalist. But you need to be willing to try new things.
Q. Can I study abroad and still finish the convergence sequence in two years?
A. Yes, with careful planning. You can complete the required convergence courses in three semesters. You also have six hours of journalism electives you can apply toward a semester abroad. And many of our international programs allow you to take courses that apply toward your non-journalism requirements. Speak with your advisor and with the J-School’s International Programs Office.