What is journalism and what do journalists do? According to Merriam Webster, journalism is defined as: the activity or job of collecting, writing, and editing news stories for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio. The American Press Institute says that: The journalist places the public good above all else and uses certain methods – the foundation of which is a discipline of verification – to gather and assess what he or she finds.
What education is necessary to become a journalist? Of the research I performed, most information stated that a Bachelor degree or higher is usually achieved in either journalism or in communication. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, more than 1,500 institutions offer these degree programs. Journalism Degree gives a good explanation of the requirements necessary to become a journalist.
Just as an FYI for those who don’t know: A Bachelor Degree can be earned in 2 years depending on the school and industry you are studying. I was always of the thinking that a bachelor degree or any upper-level degree had to be completed after an associates degree, but that is not the case. You can actually start out on the Master level depending on your field of interest (some levels may require pre-requisite courses).
How much do journalists earn? According to Pay Scale, median salary in the United States for a journalist is $38, 095. 70 – 90 percent of journalists make between $50,000 – $71,000 per year. Newbies earn about 12 percent less than the average salary.
Is it difficult to become a journalist? There seems to be plenty of training and education, as well as ample opportunity to succeed after training. I believe it would depend on the area of journalism one chose to pursue. I performed a search to see what options were available to newbies in the field: there are plenty! If you are passionate about writing or have an interest in journalism, why not pursue it? Much success on your journey!
Simply Hired –A job board with open remote journalism jobs.
Journalism Jobs –A job board with remote positions in
LinkedIn –A job board with remote journalism jobs.
Indeed –A job board with open remote journalism
Video Game Journalist –Apply for openings, jobs listed.
Higher Ed Jobs –Job board with journalism openings.
Cub Reporters –A job board site for journalism jobs.
Journa Jobs –A job board with open jobs in journalism.
DJJ –A job board with open journalism jobs.
Monster –A job board with open remote journalism jobs.
Internships –A site with openings isted in journalism.
Jobs 4 Journalists –A job board with open broadcast
Journalism Crossing –A job board site for journalists to
Get Freelance Journalism Jobs –A freelance site for
journalism jobs. USA.
Learn 4 Good –A job board with open remote journalism
Prezi –An opening for an experienced journalist.
Fashionista –Demand Studios is seeking a beauty and style
FWJ –A resource to locate jobs in journalism.
Broadcast Career Link –A resource for those interested
BJR –A resource with broadcast resume examples.
Media College –Free resources for film and digital media
Poynter –Tips for getting started in broadcast journalism.
Journalist Resources –website to help newbies and those
who want inside industry info.