Media studies might just sound like a degree where you sit around and debate the finer points of last night’s Jersey Shore, or write papers on how the latest Judd Apatow movie rocked. But in reality, it calls for so much more.
The purpose of a media studies degree is to look at the way media (including print, film, and television) affect society as a whole. It answers questions about how media influence the way people act in their personal lives and in business. Media studies majors examine topics such as how news reporting affects political opinions and how violence in movies affects how communities interact.
You can get a media studies degree from a number of universities, including art and online schools. Some schools combine this department with other fields of study, which means you can graduate with a degree in, say, communication and media studies, or film and media studies. Occasionally, schools will offer their students the opportunity to take media-making classes along with theory-based courses—for example, classes on film editing or interviewing.
Classes in this major cover the gamut of media. You can spend your time in courses that focus on television news, journalism, or the movie industry. Some examples of real classes include media ethics, news media and global affairs, and the music business in media.
Though some consider this major to be a bit of a joke, media studies majors are actually usually considered fairly competitive in the job hunt.
After you graduate, look for entry-level positions—as an Editorial Assistant, Runner, or Production Assistant, for example. To improve your chances of grabbing a job in what can be very competitive fields (journalism, movies, and TV), spend some time in an internship or an unpaid position while in school.
There are master’s degrees in this field. If you hope to become a Professor or work in a higher position in the entertainment industry, a master’s can help get you where you want to be.
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Discover new places and report on your travels for your readers.
Let drivers know about accidents and construction via radio or TV.
Interview guests to entertain TV audiences.
Use your engaging voice to record intros, promos, and more for radio.
Cover news and other engaging topics for early morning TV.
Condense a big idea into an eye-catching newspaper or website headline.
Sell your well-researched stories to news outlets around the world.
Let your readers know about local environmental issues and trends.
Write commentary and critiques about art.
Read out stories and weather reports with your golden radio voice.
Supervise filming and post-production to keep movie budgets under control.
Investigate events and people to tell the public what's going on.
Find promising manuscripts for your company to publish.
Listen to consumer conversations on social media to improve your company.
Cover important news stories on your nightly broadcast.
Help develop content and manage production for TV Producers.
Manage the business side of producing TV shows.
Assign stories and tasks to News Reporters.
Build a good name for a company.
Oversee the design, marketing and coordination of fashion shows.
Help clients harness the power of social media for their marketing efforts.
Help albums or Recording Artists gain popularity.
Drive the creative and artistic vision of a film.
Create hype for newly published books.
Investigate and write up news stories for TV, web, or print.
Act as the driving creative force behind a play or musical.
Oversee the development and production of songs and albums.
Use special tricks of the trade to stage enticing food advertisements.
Generate media publicity for a university's athletic teams.
Be involved in each step of a film's production and distribution.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of a newspaper's editorial department.
Polish news articles, website content, or manuscripts for publication.
Promote a company through community outreach.
Provide in-depth predictions about sports teams and players.
Write in-depth articles for magazines, papers, or websites.
Create, maintain, and participate in online groups to help marketing.
Cover games and keep viewers in-the-know about sports news.
Coordinate cameras and crew to tell a true story on film.
Supervise the design and production of advertising spots.
Get good media coverage for your clients.
Handle the day-to-day aspects of running social media platforms.
Write opinionated columns for a newspaper on a specific topic.
Decide what fashion trends a magazine will feature.
Take charge of what your radio station broadcasts.
Keep track of the budget for TV or film productions.
Report on scientific breakthroughs in print, the web, or TV.
Help the First Assistant Director to keep film production running smoothly.
Oversee stories and staff for a section of a newspaper or magazine.
Make all major creative and business decisions for TV Shows.
Prepare magazines for publication.
Capture events, weddings, and small music videos on film.
Keep the cast and crew working together on a movie set.
Create texts for websites, papers, advertisements and more.
Review the wording and accuracy of pieces before they're published.
Organize text and drawings into a great comic book.
Help the Film Director by managing the technical aspects of filming.
Turn books from rough manuscripts into polished masterpieces.
Keep companies safe from negative publicity in the Internet.
Oversee all movie business and production from start to finish.
Handle the details of launching an ad campaign.
Build up the reputation of a fashion brand or designer.
Assign stories to writers and give final approval on each magazine issue.
Lead the daily work of creating a television show.
Develop visual concepts, schedules and budgets for film special effects.
Bring the interests of companies or groups to the attention of Lawmakers.
Create memorable product descriptions and catch-phrases for ads.
Advise clients on how to look good.
Manage both the creative and business sides of a publication.
Coordinate the staff, production, and media clips for on-air news shows.
Make public statements on behalf of your company.
Order supplies, supervise staff, and manage production processes.
Perform administrative tasks for an Editor.
Advise clients about creating an online presence through social media.
Piece together news stories into a finished paper.