Online Journalism Degrees

Insider tips for choosing and succeeding in the right school and career

School Surprises

"Very Convenient And Easy...
I was surprised at how easy it was to earn a degree online. It is far less work to learn online. Travel time, gas prices, campus life, and even appropriate dress are non-issues for online education." (journalist; 2014)

Career: 10 years of experience, currently based in West Virginia, male
School: Studied Journalism at University Of Phoenix Online in Arizona; completed Bachelor degree in 2003

"Math Was Easier To Accomplish Than I Could Have Hoped...
I was surprised that math classes were as feasible to do online as they were. I thought it would be nearly impossible to accomplish what's necessary to do any kind of math course but it was super cool to see how it could be accomplished." (student for Journalism; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, female
School: Studied General AA Going Into Journalism at Saint Petersburg College; completed Associate degree in 2012

"Low Professional Standards...
I was surprised to find that some of the professors were not at all professional or committed. They just handed out As to everyone so that there would be no complaints." (Reporter; 2013)

Career: 7 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Interdisciplinary Studies at National University in California; completed Bachelor degree in 2007

"Extensive Supplemental Resources...
I was surprised by how many resources were available online to help supplement the learning materials. I was able to find hundreds of resources and examples to help me out in anyway necessary." (Blogger; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Florida, male
School: Studied Journalism at Pensacola State College in Florida; completed Associate degree in 2012

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Best School Tips

"Selecting An Online College...
Don't settle for a sub-standard program. Even if it is accredited, these places get reputations for being on it or slack, and you will be judged." (Reporter; 2013)

"Schedule Around Deadlines...
Read your syllabus, familiarize yourself with the due dates, and create a schedule around these dates! Succeeding in an online course takes a lot of self-discipline, and this is one way to help." (Blogger; 2013)

"Do Not Fear Online Education...
Self-motivation is the key for online courses. Since you don't have a class to meet in it can be tempting to procrastinate, and it's fatal to your GPA." (student for Journalism; 2014)

"Dedicate Time To Academic Pursuit...
Set aside some time dedicated to working on school-related projects. Make others aware that you are working on them when you are. Set a clear expectation that you should not be interrupted during this time, and eliminate distraction during this time. Make this an ingrained habit." (journalist; 2014)