Many people tend to think of mass communication as a fun and exciting field – you get to write articles, be a news anchor and interview celebrities or work behind the camera such as broadcasting or film.
Aside from all the fun and glamour that tends to be associated with mass communication, it can often be a challenging field to pursue.
If you wish to study mass communications, you may have to deal with a lot of opinions regarding the subject. Just remember, some of these opinions are merely myths.
Keep scrolling to read on and see how we debunk five common myths about mass communication!
Myth #1: Mass communication is only for extroverts.
Fact: Mass Communication is not an 'extroverts only' field.
There are various aspects in mass communication that require the ability to work independently, for example, sitting at your desk writing articles or a script.
If you are an introvert with a good command of language and a passion for writing, you also have the option of working in print/digital media as a journalist or editor- being a news anchor is only one of the multitude of jobs available in this field.
Myth #2 – You don’t have to worry about maths in mass comm.
Fact: Maths is still important- no matter the field.
There's no running from it- Maths is still necessary, no matter which field you decide to work in.
Reporting and conducting research for articles requires basic knowledge of statistics(at minimum). Media planning requires budgeting and organisation skills, while planning an event involves calculations, estimates and budgeting.
Myth #3: You're not Successful until You've Made It On TV.
Fact: You don't have to be onscreen to be successful in the Mass Comm. field.
Mass communication is the process of imparting and exchanging information through mass media to large segments of the population. This includes many other creative fields such as public relations, event management and other areas where communication plays a key role.
There are many individuals involved in the process of bringing an idea to life, such as editors, writers, producers, public relations manager and more . Those behind the camera are just as essential as the individuals in front of it.
Myth #4: Mass Comm. Grads Don't Earn Well.
Fact: How much you earn depends on your effort, no matter the field.
There will always be jobs within a particular field that make more money than the rest. This is a norm- but that does not mean that you won't earn well AT ALL.
The fact remains that no matter your field, the more experienced you are, the higher your salary will be. Professionals with several years of experience under their belt will be more likely to receive promotions and a higher salary than their counterparts who are just starting out. You'll get there in due time.
Myth #5 – You Won't Have A Future.
Fact: You will always have a future in your field of choice as long as you are willing to LEARN.
Newspapers and other forms of print media are slowy fading into obscurity-but that doesn't mean that the mass communication industry is wrapping up!
The major shift in newspapers and media from print to digital platforms simply means that the industry is evolving- creating new opportunities.
Thirty years ago, we had know idea that jobs like social media strategist would even exist. Nowadays, however, it's an important position.
Studying mass communication equips you with the relevant skills and knowledge to pursue other diverse fields such as international relations (for e.g.: diplomat, foreign correspondent or translator and even politics (for e.g. chief information officer or speech writer).