Journalism and Mass Communications

Are you considering a job or internship in journalism or mass communications? Explore these online resources to get started. Feel free to drop by our office to meet with an advisor to help plan.

Quicklinks: Explore Careers | Job and Internship Resources | Alumni To Know 

Careers in Journalism and Mass Communications

Explore careers in journalism or mass communications by exploring the links below. This is not an all inclusive list of careers but will help you begin exploring. Found a career you're interested in? Talk to faculty, stop by our office and begin networking to learn more.

  • Vault Guides - (Must be on W&L network to access): provides essential information about key careers and industries, with an emphasis on preparing for a career and getting your foot in the door.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
  • ONET OnLine - The nation's primary source of occupational information. It contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. It also provides Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Job and Internship Resources

Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

To learn about and network with more alumni in the industry, visit the WLUalum Twitter!

Bruce Potter '85

Bruce Potter graduated from Washington and Lee in 1985 with a journalism major.  He worked as a reporter and editor for The Richmond News Leader and the Richmond Times-Dispatch for 14 years before moving into positions with the newspapers' parent company, Media General Inc.  He was publisher of the Waynesboro News-Virginian and later group publisher for the company's Northern Virginia region.  In 2012, he joined Northern Virginia Media Services, based in Leesburg, where he is now chief operating officer. The group publishes six weekly newspapers, a monthly paper parenting magazine, and the region's largest news website,

Graham Sheridan '11

Greensboro, North Carolina native Graham Sheridan graduated from W&L with a degree in Economics and a concentration in Poverty and Human Capability Studies. After graduating, he worked for Charleston's Mayor Joe Riley's reelection campaign and then managed a city council campaign in Greensboro, NC. Graham obtained a Master's in Public Affairs at Brown University in Providence, RI and then worked as a paralegal for a year in Charleston. He now works as an account executive for the Greensboro News & Record helping small and medium sized businesses advertise their products and services.