What are some prerequisites that you feel are mandatory to have in the field of literature and journalism?
I'm very reserved and reticent, but with that comes a serene mindset able to endure the crudest of times that require absurd patience. I am willing to partake in any tribulation or lengthy assignment if it corresponds with my will. My linguistic skill in my native tongue is rather astute, but I feel as though it could be further augmented. I intend to become an author or a journalist, though they most likely have varying discrepancies. Knowing the other skills and the habits to expect on this treacherous road may compel me to humble myself and study the craft, but I'd need to know the other aspects, be it formatting, sourcing, or some other pillar that I've neglected. I'll most likely be that case where the hotshot amateur strolls in thinking they're a prodigy, only to see that they're unrefined and lacking in comparison to seasoned veterans. journalism writing scripting
Carolina Ruiz Vega
One thing no one told me before starting that career path was how much sacrifice you have to make in the profession. Much like a doctor, you have to stay up late, work on weekends and Holidays and miss many family events. But the main difference, at least in Costa Rica, is the pay rate a journalist receives vrs what a doctor earns.
So, make sure you are absolutely passionate about becoming a journalist and that your partner is on board with that dream. Otherwise, I would research other career paths in which words are the working tools and go that way and keep being a writer as an amazing hobby/side-business.
Also, if you decide to become a journalist, it would be great if you specialized in a subject and then study more about that subject. For instance, if you want to write about economics, study economy, finance, and other subjects that would be important to know when writing economic journalism.
Hope this helps!
- Research skills--being able to request and sort through public records, use Excel, intense Googling
- Solid writing skills--be clear and concise (comes with experience)
- Be comfortable with being uncomfortable
- Grammar/AP Style
- Public speaking
- Portfolio classes (teaches you how to create/organize a portfolio)
- Get involved in news clubs, newspapers, writing groups
Copyediting could be an area to look into. Mastering AP style actually takes study and practice. Check out the AP stylebook and learn the ropes. Try being a tutor or mentor for younger, aspiring writers and edit work with an intense degree of attention. This will help you recognize your own areas of weakness. I also highly recommend the book On Writing Well by William Zinsser.