On 19th December, the website “The Newest Buzz” published an article called, “Top 10 Worthless College Majors”. I did not know of this article or the website until my friend, Suzanne sent me a picture of the major that was on the top of this list of worthless majors: “Journalism”. The best part? We’re both journalism majors. This was slightly disheartening, but what made it even more upsetting was that there was no reason behind as to why this was in the list. It seems as if it was just put in there for the sake of having something. Followed by Theatre and Communications, the major of Journalism, I personally feel, is far from being worthless.
To put my argument ahead, I ask, how exactly does one picture this world to be without the media and journalists? Would you prefer having your news and information from sources that are non-reliable and inefficient in research? Yes, people today get most of their news from social media, but who puts it out there?
Our job as journalists is to provide authentic information of as to what exactly is happening in an around the surrounding world and tell a story behind as to how, what and why things happen. Terming such a major as “worthless” is unacceptable. I am, however, less offended and more amused on this. The most clichéd image that people have in their minds is that journalism majors are just people who want to write. If just writing was what we wanted, we would’ve majored in English Literature, sir.
There are thousands of other kids out there who wish to be journalists in the hope of being able to tell the world a story and let the people know of what is to be known. Such opinions are respected as everyone has the complete right to say their wish. But it is important that words are watched out for. Somewhere out there, there is a 12-year-old wanting to be able to sit across the room with some highly respected people while having the power to question them. Not for themselves, but for others, the people around the world who wish to know and who have the complete right to know.