Journalist

Kaitlin Balaja period 1

Career Description:

A journalist is in charge of writing and editing stories for newspapers, magazines, news stations, or even radio stations. They try to write stories that will attract their audience. In order to do so, and to write the best stories, they need to be willing to reach out to any sources which will be able to provide the needed information.

Involvements of the Job:

  • Researching articles
  • Establishing good sources
  • Writing, editing, and submitting stories
  • Attending events
  • Proofreading
  • Verifying facts
  • Staying up to date with privacy laws
  • Keeping good relationships with Editors, Designers, and Photographers

Employers of Journalists

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Radio Stations
  • Television Companies

Qualifications:

To become a Journalist, English/Writing degrees are asked for. Degrees in Specialist subjects allow a great advantage over others wishing to become Journalists. Many jobs require you to to have qualifications from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). Having many years of relevant experience is essential. Experience can gained from publishing articles, writing competitions, or voluntary work. Also having a fully clean driving license is commonly required.

Salary:

Since the jobs of being a journalist vary the median annual salary also tends to vary. For those working in the field of newspaper and books is about $31,690. In television and radio broadcasting it's about $38,050.

Required skills:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Determination
  • Perseverance
  • Excellent oral and writing skills
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