A brief discussion on the merits of having non-journalism qualifications for specific forms of column/editorial writing.

The discussion briefly outlines the potential pitfall in relying on a purely mass media academic background in order to write features and column pieces on specialised topics. Students are often faced with such choices when entering higher education as not all mass media aspirations involve a desire to go into full-time news journalism -- some individuals prefer the idea of specialising in certain topics and writing about those topics, which can help build a case for favouring other academic qualifications.

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