Track 4: Media & The Arts
Have you dreamed of taking history to a more imaginative place – writing stories based on historical events, transforming history into a video gaming experience, or pulling together a variety of media to convey what happened in the past? Or perhaps you are as interested in the present as you are in the past, and wish to bridge the two together by working as a journalist?
These are not traditionally spaces that historians move into. This career path is for those who have always held a passion for media and the arts and have developed their practice in it. However, the analytical, research and writing skills gained from an education in history can be beneficial, particularly if you are a talented creative individual, excel in writing and communication, and are inclined to work more in the realm of entertainment than public history and education allows.
Multimedia literacy is central to many careers in the media and the arts today. You may want to write a popular book. You can also make a documentary film, create educational software and online resources, curate exhibits, and integrate your professional presence into social media.
Imagination, concise and clear writing skills, and the ability to adhere to strict deadlines are central to working in the media and the arts. Most jobs are based in major cities, but social media connectivity can, in many of these careers, allow you to carry your career wherever your feet may take you. As with any career, financial rewards and job flexibility vary depending on the job itself, however, armed with a portfolio and the ability to promote your skills in the relevant field, the competencies you have gained studying history can be highly useful in media and the arts.
Here we present a simple snapshot of each career for your consideration. Most of these careers require additional training to gain the necessary skills – an education in journalism to be a journalist, for example – while others may benefit from practice and a few courses to increase your career possibilities. Writers of fiction or non-fiction may participate in writing workshops or groups and/or take writing courses in local continuing education programs or complete a master’s degree. Careers in media and the arts can be full or part-time.