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Zeathy 04-14-2008 09:40 PM

College Classes
I am going to be going to college soon and need to know what classes to look for. My goal is to one day become a video game journalist for some recognized magazine or group. I am guessing I am looking for journalism classes but could anyone expand upon that. Is there anything in specific I should look for? Also if anyone would be so kind as to give me the average pay of a game journalist. I am not expecting a lot but an idea of what is coming would be nice.

jillduffy 04-15-2008 07:09 AM

I would recommend taking your major in the English department, unless the Journalism department is separate and you really want the degree to be in journalism.

In journalism, you might learn more reporting than long-form magazine writing (which I'm assuming is what you'd want), so keep an eye on the required courses before you commit to one or the other.

More importantly, join the school newspaper your first semester and stick with it until you can become an editor. If the newspaper doesn't have video game commentary, reviews, or op-ed pieces, volunteer to write them. Also, try to do some page layout, copyediting, headline writing, and any web work you can get your hands on. All of those jobs will be valued as real work experience, especially if the newspaper runs more often than just weekly.

Similarly, you should try to join or contribute to other writing products, like blogs, zines, and whatnot.

Other elective courses you could take would be media theory classes, for example film theory. If you find courses like those that are interesting to you and the grading for that class tends to be writing-based (rather than test-based), I would suggest registering for those. They'll help you practice your analytic thinking and writing skills.


Dick Ward 04-27-2008 05:49 PM

According to former EGM EIC Dan Hsu..

"Most starting positions are Staff Writer, Assistant Editor, or Associate Editor...and those titles can mean different things depending on the outlet. For the Bay Area, you may be looking at anywhere from low to high 30's for entry-level salary. When I started as Associate Editor at EGM, I was mid 20's, but that was 8 years ago. In Illinois. "

Zeathy 05-09-2008 01:56 AM

O my. I made a reply thanking you but I guess it did not ever go through. Thank you, a bit late, but thank you. I have geared myself to your advice and hopefully it all works out. Thank you both. :)

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