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Most community colleges will have some of the requirements needed for your basic courses in journalism. If money is tight and you have our sights set on journalism and no other school is available other than the one close to home, consider your first venture into journalism there. Possibly by the second year you might even gain a little experience by being allowed to contribute to the local weekly. Experience plus excellent high school English classes - or other depending on where you live - means a lot where journalism is concerned.

However you enter into journalism you must never pass up any opportunity to gain experience and knowledge of your chosen profession. Yet, if you have the means of choice of schools, research the schools online. There you will find the particulars that are meaningful to you. A good place to start learning how to go about choosing considers what this site offers.

The first consideration they say is accreditation. Make sure your time spent there will be honored and you will not have wasted time and money. ACEJMC (Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) is where you learn what schools meet their requirements in the United States. This site is important reading and will give you ideas on how to go about selecting your school according to your needs. Even your community college may even be accredited.

Whatever choice you make, you should start while in high school saving those important clips for later use. You will need to have proof of your ability and your potential for journalism. If you would like to travel and learn journalism at the same time, why not look into Dual Degree Programs. These allow for you to attend different schools of journalism.

Columbia University has one such program. You study in New York and in Paris. Now what an education in journalism that could be. It would groom you well for a possible international job later on in life. If Journalism is your field, then at the outset why not dream big. This is a graduate program and would fit in well with a year working and saving and going to a smaller local community college your first year or two out of school. In this way you could start at the bottom and work your way up to your education. This, of course, if what you desire is this kind of extensive journalistic experience and you know without a doubt you want to spend your life chasing not rainbows, but important news stories.

The importance of the Columbia Journalism School and France's Science Po educational program is that you get degrees from both schools. They will in every sense of the word, prepare you to work in this country and abroad. The dual educational programs need not be international in scope; they could be dual degree programs in Journalism and Law, journalism and Business, Journalism and International Public affairs.

In other words, journalism is not an exclusive choice. Perhaps you want to specialize and hone your journalistic skills toward religion, environmental science, medicine, or whatever. There are options out there that will allow you to perfect your basic journalistic skills while giving you advanced and inside views of the particular life choice you choose.

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