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Becoming a Journalist

Are you fascinated by the world around you? Do you follow the news and political events? Do you like to be the first with the latest gossip? Then a career in journalism might be right for you.

Journalism, like any writing career, is a tough tree to climb. The competition for jobs is stiff, so the more people you know in the industry, the better chance you have of landing a job.


The great majority of journalism jobs require at least a Bachelor’s Degree in either journalism, communications or English. Some universities offer programs dedicated to journalism, so talk to the career councilors at your local post-secondary schools. You can also (and should also) attend a journalism school. The more education you have, the higher your salary will be.


Every writing career is one big catch22. You need to be published in order to get published. You need to have journalism experience in order to get a journalism job. One way around this vicious cycle is to get involved at school. Work on reporting for a student newspaper or website. Volunteer for your community newspaper. And try your best to get an unpaid (or paid if you can) internship.

Journalism Jobs

Depending on what form of media you work for, your job will be different.

Media Forms:

  • Newspaper
  • Magazine
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Internet

  • Types of Jobs:
  • Investigative journalist
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Photojournalist
  • Sports Journalist
  • Entertainment Journalist

  • Remember that you won’t land your [kwlink 8067]dream journalism job right away. You need to start small and work your way up. You’ll advance with experience.


    As a journalist, you can make anywhere from $20,000 to $75,000 annually, depending on experience, education, and the media form you’re working for.

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