Students are typically trained to use a variety of industry-related computer programs, such as PageMaker, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Many campuses also provide students with opportunities for direct learning at a school newspaper or magazine. Online courses and programs are available.
Associate of Freelance Reporting
Journalism degree programs can prepare students to create informative, accurate and unbiased content. Courses are generally writing-intensive, but classes in photography, digital design, and mass communications may also be available for students interested in self-publishing, web writing or editing. Some courses a prospective freelance reporter could take include:
- Journalism styles
- Feature writing
- News writing and reporting
- Writing for the Web
While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that many employers require reporters to have a bachelor's degree, graduates of associate's degree programs might find entry-level positions as freelance reporters (www.bls.gov). Graduates can choose from a range of career paths, such as:
- Freelance news reporter
- Freelance feature writer
- Magazine writer
- Internet content writer
- Freelance photojournalist
Employment Outlook and Salary
According to the BLS, the employment of reporters and news correspondents is expected to decline by 9% between 2014 and 2024. In May of 2015, the BLS estimated that reporters and correspondents earned a median salary of $36,360 annually.
An associate's degree program can serve as a stepping stone for further education, and some of these programs are designed for students who plan to transfer to 4-year schools. Journalism degrees are offered at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Both bachelor's and graduate programs can be found online.
An associate of freelance reporting prepares students for writing-intensive courses like writing for the web, feature writing, and journalism styles. Students are able to transfer this associates degree into more advanced degrees.