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    Posted August 16, 2011 by
    CNN iReport staff
    Atlanta, Georgia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Your major = your career?

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    Journalism is the first draft of history


    "Journalism is the first rough draft of history," said Washington Post publisher Philip Graham.


    That's what I tell people who ask how my history major relates to my journalism career. I knew I wanted to be a journalist from age 13, but I also knew I didn't want to major in journalism. I wanted to have a field of expertise, and I was interested in politics and history, so history it was! With minors in poli sci and information science.


    It's difficult to get a job in journalism no matter what your major, but when I graduated college in 2008 and started looking for jobs, I never felt like I was at a disadvantage because I didn't go to j-school. Being a successful history major requires excellent writing and research skills, which are the same skills you need to be a successful journalist. And topping it off with that information science minor was a good decision; it gave me marketable web and video skills that have proven enormously helpful.


    So if you ever ask me, "what can you do with a history degree? Just teach?" please don't be offended when smoke starts puffing out of my ears. I'm a firm believer in the usefulness -- and yes, marketability -- of liberal arts degrees. And hey, if you don't want to take it from me, check out this story on CNN.com and take it from Oprah.


    First photo: Getting ready to show off iReports on the magic wall, live on CNN!


    Second photo: Enjoying a trip to the beach just before graduating from Duke University in 2008.

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