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Journalism Careers, Jobs and Qualifications

Journalism:Have you got a nose for a good news story? Are you good with words? A career as a journalist might be an option worth considering.

If you’re interested in journalism you might want to specialise in a subject you are really passionate about, like sport, fashion, travel, food, music or business, or if you are handy with a camera, you could become a photojournalist. On the other hand, you could think about being a roving reporter on a local newspaper or a foreign correspondent filing reports from war-torn countries or writing human interest stories about other cultures, people and places.

If English is your strong subject, you could train to be an editor, working in print, online or in TV or radio, responsible for planning and commissioning articles and for compiling the written work and features which go to make up a daily or weekly newspaper or a monthly or quarterly magazine or journal, as well as news and current affairs websites or television and radio news bulletins.

If you’re brilliant with language and grammar and have a merciless eye for detail, you could train as a sub-editor, ensuring that all articles and features are perfectly spelled and punctuated and fit together, before they are published. To get into either of these professions, you’ll need to build on your natural writing and editing abilities and look for relevant editing or journalism qualifications.

Journalism is a competitive, highly rewarding career and good journalism is what keeps the media industry functioning.  To be a successful journalist, you must have a passion for truth, honesty and integrity.

If you want to be a journalist you might as well start your training now – there’s no time like the present! Start writing your own blog, keep a diary, write and submit stories to your local newspaper (as a freelance journalist would do). Offer to do any job or work experience you can gain with them – even if it’s just a day in the office of your local paper or any other publications such as magazines – as experience is really important.

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