Jeannine, thanks for your question about the difficulty of becoming a journalist.
I’m glad that you are thinking about the process of obtaining a job, so I begin by acknowledging that simply asking this question is a very good first step. My first reply to your question is that landing a job as a journalist is achievable with the right education, training, and experience.
By becoming more engaged in the steps involved in pursuing a career in journalism, your own understanding is bound to gradually improve. This improved understanding will likely lead you to take the action necessary to obtain this job.
First, when selecting a college to begin your education, seek a school which offers a degree in journalism—not all do. Additionally, upon finding a college with a journalism focus, next seek an academic advisor at this college; advisors help students understand the requirements to begin a specific academic major, like journalism, as well as help students navigate their way to completion of degree.
As an advisor myself, I encourage you to obtain experience in high school writing for your school paper. I've helped student gain more traction as future journalists and encouraged them to become staff writers on the school paper.
Upon beginning at the community college or university you choose, again seek to become involved on the student paper. This practical experience is instrumental in helping you build the skills that news organizations require of journalists.
So, as you work towards completion of your program, upon earning your journalism degree and with this practical experience you are greatly improving the likelihood of beginning in this career field.
Hope that information was helpful for you, Jeannine.
James recommends the following next steps:
- Research colleges in your area which offer a journalism major
- Seek an advising session with the academic advisor for journalism for this college
- Seek experience on your school paper