Journalists are the eyes and ears of the people. As journalist it your responsibility to accurate explain and present a story to the people. Whether or not you are communicating the news or serving as a watchdog, journalism is an extremely interactive career.
Name: Edwin Garcia
Position: Reporter, San Jose Mercury News
Education: BA Journalism, Minor Political Science
Career Bio: Spartan Daily; Oregona; Chicago Tribune; Stockton Record; Macweek; San Mateo Times; San Jose Mercury News
Advantages: As a journalist you always have the opportunity to meet and interact with all kinds of people. This constant interaction leads to a constant learning process. Journalists also have the opportunity to relay stories to the people, to be the eyes and ears so that they can explain to the people what is going on.
Disadvantages: Journalism can also be a stressful career. There is constant pressure to find stories to write about and report. At most levels pay is often low.
Advice: Patience and willingness to work anywhere will help any journalist succeed. People interested in journalism should start early as most people start at the very bottom of the ladder.
How a background in Political Science will help: An understanding of politics will help any journalist and will help you explain stories of political significance to your readers.