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

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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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Being qualified in the broader scope of mass communications, which includes everything from journalism to media, certainly has its benefits. Such qualifications can be a great academic process for those looking to become fulltime members of various mass communication professions.

However, when it comes to the distinct aspiration for editorial and column writing, the somewhat unwritten requirements of the trade can change. Without getting into the nuance of the broad spectrum that columns cover, specialised ones - as in ones that cover a niche topic or field with specialist knowledge - do require a certain degree of specialist knowledge from the author in question. There is ...

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Is a journalism qualification always necessary for feature writing? The fact that some topics are highly specialised -- with audiences seeking specialist opinion pieces -- implies otherwise. In this solution, we briefly examine such a caveat.