What's it like to be a Journalist?
Journalists write, edit and present news stories, feature articles and commentaries for magazines, newspapers, online publications, websites radio and television.
Tasks and duties
- Investigate and report on events, issues and trends by gathering information, drawing on research and interviewing case studies and experts.
- Produce content for a particular platform, news outlet or publication, which may include photographs, video and social media.
- Adhere to a strict code of ethics, which maintains that honesty, fairness, independence and respect for the rights of others are the core commitments of journalism.
Journalists are employed by a variety of organisations including newspapers, magazines, websites, radio stations, content agencies and television companies. Due to the shifting nature of the industry many journalists also work on a freelance basis.
Often journalists begin working as generalist reporters, however with experience often specialise.
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How to become a Journalist
- Undertake a degree in journalism. This could be a Bachelor of Journalism or a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism). These are typically three-year full time courses, for people over 17 years of age or who have completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index and relevant prerequisites.
- There are numerous career pathways for journalists, including working in media law, editing, advertising, marketing, communications, policy or politics.
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