Journalism Jobs

The journalism career track is rapidly turning into a much more diverse field. Thanks to the Internet, new media, and advanced ways of doing the journalist's job, a lot of opportunities are being created. Journalists are both the sources and the support system for global information, not just "news." The journalist can now be a true specialist, an expert in his/her field.

In their traditional role, journalists have also become presenters of information in the form of video journalism and mixed media journalism on the net and TV. The new media and methods have added greatly to the journalist's ability to produce information effectively and efficiently.

Qualifications and training

Journalism is a formal college level degree qualification. The basics of journalism include writing for media, information handling and research. There are also many laws, rules, and professional ethics in journalism, which are important quality issues in reporting news.

Journalism training has adapted rapidly to the new environment, and technical skills are now very much part of the role. It's common to find journalists, particularly freelance and video journalists, who essentially produce their own news broadcasts and sell them to news outlets.

Training requirements may be technical qualifications for journalists like science reporters, who are qualified both in their scientific roles and journalism. Many industry journalists also have extensive career experience in their fields, with or without industry qualifications, but with journalistic experience, talent and skills.

Career paths

Salaried journalist jobs in the old print media are disappearing, and being replaced by freelance journalists, syndicated journalists, and in some cases by specialist bloggers. These bloggers, if not called journalists, are usually qualified people who can produce similar standards of work.

Mainstream media has now adopted a policy of outsourcing. That very big change has altered journalistic career paths drastically. For journalists it has meant a huge expansion of opportunities. Top line journalists are very salable in mainstream media and industry news outlets, and demand for their work is huge.

Career environment

The traditional career environment of a basic salary job is on the way out in journalism. Like many other professions, journalists can be contractors or freelancers, running their own jobs in that context and working for multiple employers. Old style journalists were "employees" in the traditional sense, glued to newspaper, TV, or magazine editorial policies and restricted opportunities to expand their range in terms of materials. Their career choices were similarly limited to their genres in the three main media forms available.

This independence has also created the new skill sets in journalism, allowing media production and content to be created directly by journalists. The modern career environment in journalism is much freer, and if it's more competitive, it's also better quality information with much stronger presentation.

Journalism is still a tough profession, and traveling the world as a freelance journalist is hard work, sometimes carried out in war zones or disaster areas. Getting paying jobs is another art form, and getting consistent work is as tough as for freelance writers. Most journalists, however, will tell you they love it, and wouldn't do anything else. It's a career for the truly dedicated.