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What's the workflow like in journalism?

I'm a good writer and I don't think journalism would be a horrible prospect, but I can imagine that it can be strenuous what with breaking news. How tough do the scriveners of careervillage find their profession?

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Raquel’s Answer

It would really depend on your specific job, some journalist jobs are very much 9-5, while others follow more of what's actively going on. It would also depend on if you do purely print or also TV journalism. Another factor would be what type of journalist you are, doing breaking news would be different than lifestyle or business. It takes different levels of research and interviewing for specific positions. There's also much more of an online presence for journalism in today's world. A great place to start to find out what you like/dislike and get more specific information on individual job types would be to try and intern at a local paper. They are often very open to students coming to help around the office and learn the ways of reporting. Similarly you could see if there is a publishing company near you which would give a slightly different experience and perspective on the printing world.
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Doug’s Answer

I think the old paradigm of getting a job at the NYTimes.com is coming to an end.

If you want to write start publishing and develop a following. The more followers the more valuable your content is viewed as.
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Brian P. D.’s Answer

Yes, journalism can be very strenuous depending on the type of journalism you practice. Breaking news is often tougher and more hectic than other areas because it's driven by factors beyond our control, including time and location. I have had to get out of bed to report stories or work in difficult conditions numerous times while covering breaking news. That can be stressful and/or an adrenaline rush, depending on your perspective and temperament. If that type of journalism doesn't appeal to your interests or desired schedule, there are many other options allowing the regular, daytime hours many people seek. The beauty of journalism is there is room to cover any topic and serve numerous audiences - if someone wants to read, watch or hear about something daily, weekly or monthly then there is likely a journalism outlet for that - so your options are as varied as your abilities, motivation and the engagement level of your intended audience. Keep your eyes and mind open and you likely will find something in journalism ensuring it isn't a horrible prospect at all.
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Mark’s Answer

Journalists, or those who dream of becoming one, possess an innate curiosity about the world surrounding them. They are also skilled in the art of storytelling. As others have mentioned, you're never truly "off the clock." Even during your downtime, your mind is occupied with work-related thoughts. You're constantly contemplating the next story or brainstorming innovative ways to convey it. The concept of "workflow" doesn't cross your mind, as you're always fueled by the excitement of never-ending tasks.

And you're fine with all of that because being a journalist is what you are, and NOT what you do.
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