Choosing a Career in Journalism

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Interview with Martin Tran, Creative Arts major, San José State University

Martin Tran, Creative Arts major at San José State UniversityChoosing a major and a career path can be daunting. The Braven team caught up with San José State University Braven Brand Ambassador, Martin Tran, to learn about his interest in a journalism career.

What excites you about journalism?  

Journalism is a fascinating career because it gives journalists a chance to travel and use the latest modern technology. From handle devices to watching television, people can access their news differently these days. I’m excited by the challenge that journalists have in trying to appeal to all types of readers with various styles of writing.  

When did you know you wanted to be a journalist?

My interest in journalism began when I took courses with Professor Ralph Nichols at Evergreen Valley College. His courses taught me various types of news writing styles as well as terminology that are required in the profession.

Additionally, when I came to SJSU, I took a course called Mass Communication and News Media which gave me a chance to develop my design skills. I learned how to use various Adobe programs for creating videos, brochures, as well as writing weekly blogs. I enjoyed using these computer programs for my assignments. My favorite one was the weekly blog entries — these are some of the latest skills that journalists are required to have for a career in journalism.

What news are you paying attention to in the Bay Area?

My favorite news organizations in the Bay Area are The Mercury News and Metro.

Besides taking classes, how have you started to build your journalism portfolio or skills during college?  

I was inspired to reinvent the existing journalism club at Evergreen Valley College. I collaborated with San José City College to gather some ideas to make the club fresh. I wrote several articles that covered experiences visiting colleges, learning about the faculty of Evergreen Valley College, and promoting services. In my future at SJSU, I hope to write for the Spartan Daily so I can utilize the skills that I learned in my Mass Communication and New Media course. I would like to write articles about campus programs, facilities, and my experiences as a transfer student.

If you could write any type of story, what would it be?

My favorite news stories are features because they give me deeper insights into people. In addition to feature stories, I enjoy reading stories about events, peoples’ accolades, and movie reviews.  

We’re excited to see what opportunities Martin takes advantage of over his next three years at SJSU. As he mentioned, the industry is always evolving with new technology and we’re eager to see how it changes. In fact, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale, Monster recently reported on 10 journalism major jobs that aren’t limited to traditional media. Their list includes content marketer, copywriter, corporate communications specialist, editor, grant writer, public relations specialist, reporter, sports information director, technical writer.