When Tech graduates say they are journalists, they could be doing almost anything--simply because they have been given the opportunity to study and acquire experience in a variety of areas in communication at Tennessee Tech.
Tech journalism students gain experience in reporting, editing, social media, design, photojournalism, public relations and multimedia content creation.
Life After Tech
Where do our graduates work? The answer is as varied as the profession itself.
Some go straight for big-time journalism in magazines, newspapers, radio, television, and in advertising and public relations.
Graduates have worked for publications of various businesses and departments such as Apple, IBM, Major League Baseball, American Automobile Association, General Telephone, Tennessee School Boards Association, State of Tennessee Tourism Department, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Hospital Corporation of America, Memphis Chicks, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Farm Bureau and State of Alabama Highway Department.
A former student newspaper reporter is producing television advertising for an ad agency in New York. Another landed a job at CNN. Another works for television's PM magazine in Chattanooga. Another is editor of a major woman's magazine. Still another is writing frontier and Civil War novels. One graduate got a job at the state capitol as assistant press secretary for the governor. Now she is the public information officer for the Tennessee Department of Safety.
Many are happy working for small city newspapers such as Cookeville's Herald-Citizen, Crossville Chronicle, McMinnville's Southern Standard, Lebanon's Democrat, Carthage's Courier, the Decatur Daily in Alabama or the Warner Robbins Daily Sun in Georgia.
Some are working in radio and television in Cookeville, Sparta, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.