Anonymous asked: Hey Kirk, I'm getting a master degree in Journalism right now, in a futile effort to write about games for a living. Do you think getting this degree will give me any sort of advantage, or is it strictly about my freelance work history? Or when people hire, is it about a number of things? Thanks, love your work.
I didn’t get a degree in journalism, so obvs a journalism degree isn’t required to get a gig writing about games. That said, several of my colleagues - notably Stephen Totilo and Jason Schreier - did study journalism, and I think they’d say they got a lot out of it. I’ve certainly learned a ton of fundamentals from them over the last few years.
I’d say that if you use school to learn how to report really well and get strong fundamentals for handling news and interviewing people, you’ll be better equipped to land a solid starting gig doing game news than most people who don’t learn those skills in school. But in the end, the most important thing for breaking through these days is having a distinctive voice and writing about things that no one else is talking about, in a way that no one else is expressing. And while I can’t speak for other sites, we definitely look at a writers’ CV and past work well before looking at their education history, when it comes to considering new hires.