Journalism is one of the most highly sought after fields of today. Journalism is a very adventurous and rewarding career but it is very competitive as well. To excel in a career related to journalism, higher education degrees in related fields are a necessity. There are a number of sub fields in journalism which you can specialize in, such as crime reporting, political analysts, anchorpersons etc. No matter in which sub field you are interested you should be prepared to get a degree in related subfield in order to make your place in the tough job market.
Journalism studies are expensive but there are number of journalism scholarships available to students. These scholarships are based on varying criteria; generally most of the scholarship programs will require you to enter a contest in which you will be required to submit your work related to a particular field of journalism. However, some scholarships are also awarded based on academic merit or your past work history as a journalist. A few examples of journalism scholarships available to students are as follows.
- The Edward J Nell Scholarship program that awards scholarships through two contests named as Quill and Scroll Yearbook Excellence contest and Writing/Photography Contest. Both contests require you to submit your own work in particular fields of journalism. The contestants must be planning to do major in journalism.
- The National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity awards scholarships to students who are majoring in journalism and who are able to bring cultural diversity to college campus. These scholarships are based on academic merit.
- The Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism is a non-degree fellowship programs that provides financial assistance to outstanding students. The scholarship programs provide an excellent opportunity to students by providing them practical training in addition to normal class room learning. This practical training can help students greatly in their careers afterwards.
Complete information on above mentioned programs can be obtained from their websites. There are also several other scholarship programs awarded through contests. Even if you are not very good at academics you can use your writing or photography skills to win such scholarship contests. You can search for scholarships for your journalism studies based on varying criteria over the internet.
Journalism scholarships are generally less common in developing countries. However, students from developing countries can look for scholarships offered by their local universities and press clubs for journalism courses.