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how can I become an international journalist like for BBC World News or something similar?

I am writer and I am passionate about world issues. I plan to double major in journalism and audio/recording/studio engineering. Journalism is a career I am deeply considering alongside recording engineering. However, I like discussing world issues, and I like to explore the context of situations and BBC has always intrigued me touching on a variety of topics, and exploiting the truth about particular scenarios. #journalism #international #foreign-affairs #news-writing #world-cultures

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Amanda’s Answer

I think the best way to break into the industry would be through internship opportunities. Unfortunately, many popular/large newspapers or news outlets only have unpaid internships, which might make this difficult, as well as strict criteria for being accepted to work at those places. It would be great for you to start researching these now, even call up local news stations and see what it takes to be an intern there. Write letters or emails of inquiries to the big ones as well, just so you know what to expect (GPA needed, any volunteer opportunities that would better your chances, etc).


Even look into the local NPR radio station, which might be a good way for you to get into international journalism, most major cities have a local NPR division that might be able to help you. I think this is the site for the Brooklyn area NPR station: https://www.wnyc.org/

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Keith’s Answer

Look at schools with strong journalism departments but also think about how you can differentiate yourself from other students. Its not always essential to study journalism. The key is to demonstrate that you are passionate about writing about the world around you. Join school newspapers, write blogs etc Journalism is a popular career choice so you need to stand out. To focus on international journalism make sure you are across current affairs and global trends (e.g. global economics, finance & trade, international relations e.g China and US, middle east, EU, climate change etc) . Ideally (but not essential) if you have a second language that will make you more employable to international news organisations. Finally you need to be flexible and willing to learn new skills, can you shoot video, take pictures and write? Showing you can do that in world where news organisations expect you to have all 3 will be a big advantage.
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Brian’s Answer

Research schools which have strong journalism departments. These will have the most exprienced professors and offer the best industry connections and internship opportunities. INTERNSHIPS and how you perform while in them are a key to success.
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