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I don't think so. It's a whole different career path to perpare you to work in other companies..

Marketing is pretty much using statistics, creating an image for your product and positioning your product to get the most public interest. Advertising is writing, but it's very different than journalism. It's calling people to action ... in conjunction with learning where to place the advertising and what the ad should look like. Whereas journalism is just reporting and interviews ... and sometimes offering your own opinion about it.

If you work in advertising or marketing, you probably won't be working for a magazine ... but for some company that will need to advertise in the magazine.

Of course, any education about this stuff should help you learn how it all works together, so it's not wasted, But it won 't prepare you to be a journalist or be a prerequisite to get a job at a magazine.

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If I were you, I would either jump right in and do a Fashion Journalism course (which I regret not doing) or I would do something like Art History, English or Literature. I live in London but I'm from Portugal and I notice that A LOT of the girls in the industry here have English degrees or other non-journalistic degrees, but many have now started to be straight from Fashion Journalism.

I did a Media & Communications BA degree in Portugal but thought it wasn't enough for me so I've been doing short courses, getting some experience and I'll be starting a Master's in London College of Fashion this year. From what I have experienced, sometimes it's better if you choose what you truly want to do in terms of studying and focus on getting some side experience.



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^ I just graduated from an English Lit program at a Top 50 school here in the states, and the only person I've heard of who went directly into fashion journalism came from a very wealthy family and had connections for undergrad internships. Most of us are pursuing more education of some sort- usually a publishing program or an associates degree- and we're doing it in the city.

So I guess the gist of that is: yes to doing an English or straight journalism program, but only if you're doing it at NYU/Columbia/Barnard or maybe even U Southern California/UCLA. The program itself is relevant, but your internships during school (which are much easier to get in the fall or spring, and the only way you can do them in the fall or spring is by living in the city during those times) will prove far more so. Otherwise, just go to FIT/Parsons/LIM right out the gate.

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