SO YOU WANT TO BECOME A JOURNALIST? HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Journalists are, as you’ve most likely heard of before, people who write stories for newspapers and magazines. They may write about sports, politics, fashion, culture, or business – the specific niche depends on the type of publication you work for. In this job, reporters normally write stories on the topics they are assigned and then pass them over to the editors and sub-editors. You might also have to join in on editing and designing the layout if it’s a smaller team.  

You’ll need to have a lot of creativity and imagination in writing stories that will attract your audience and inform them. Many people follow this route, and it can be a very rewarding and fulfilling career as you’ll see the impact you have on the world every day. 

Some of the responsibilities they have been researching, writing and editing a story, ensuring grammar and accuracy, carrying out interviews and coming up with ideas for stories. There are currently many jobs that are taking in graduates and young people looking to for a way to start out their career in this route, but journalism also has a lot of popular internships that offer experience too that you should definitely consider.  

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL IN THE US

Position in Career  Associated Salary (US)  
Entry Level To start out your career as a journalist it may be useful to have a bachelor’s degree. More than that, you’ll need some experience, confidence and resilience to not give up in the beginning of this tough career path. $27,000 
Experienced Senior Level Getting a degree in law, English, journalism or another relevant degree is however highly advantageous. Many experienced senior journalists even have a postgraduate degree too. Journalism is a very competitive career path, so it’s strongly recommended to have been trained or have formal qualifications. $41,000 
Editor-in-chief An editor-in-chief will have years of experience and the confidence to undertake managerial positions in a company. They will be responsible for major decisions that will affect publications. $77,000 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS 

  1. The New York Times 
  2. Vox Media, LLC 
  3. Univision communications  
  4. Guardian News & Media 
  5. Northeastern University 
  6. The Washington Post 
  7. Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution 
  8. Rowland Publishing 
  9. Heluna Health 
  10. Hearst Media Services 

In summary, an English or related degree is a great stepping stone for many careers, especially for those that require creativity and a passion for the written word. Journalism is the ideal career path that is popular with international graduates, as it incorporates many of the qualities you might look for in a typical media-related job. However, this also means that competition is equally fierce, so you’d have to stay motivated in reaching your goal and have resilience!   



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