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What are some careers in journalism?

I'm interested in going into journalism, but am curious as to what paths I can explore in the field other than "news reporter" or "staff writer." What potential options are there? As well, what are some other aspects of journalism other than writing that I could think of going into (i.e. the web or media side)? I've heard that journalists themselves don't make a lot of money, especially starting out, so some career suggestions that make a decent amount of money would be helpful.

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Amalya’s Answer

Journalism is a broad and interdisciplinary field. It can open new and infinite horizons in front of you. As a journalist, you can bring different societal issues and stories into light, helping people to express themselves and make positive changes in their lives. AS a result, you will have a positive impact on your community and society in general.
Besides that, writing is a skill which is required in most existing fields. Your problem is to choose from!
You can also become a lecturer of journalism if academia interests you. One more option: Becoming a TV or radio announcer.
Good luck in your future decisions
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Barry’s Answer

Hi, Padma!

It is so encouraging to see people want to get into this most noble of professions, and the good news is that nowadays (compared to when I started 30+ years ago), you have so many more options available. You don’t just need to be a reporter at a local news station or newspaper/website and work your way up.

Now, don’t get me wrong - that is still a tried-and-true career ladder, and local news reporting is the lifeblood of any informed citizenry. Nonetheless, to your question, there are many other avenues down which you can go.

You can start by becoming a blogger or podcaster. If you do that, it would help to have an area where you know (or are simply more curious to find out) more than those people around you. It could be music, science, sports, etc. The more specific you can get, the better your chance of becoming an “expert” in that field, although the narrower your audience will become as a result.

You could becoming a social media reporter or producer. You could become a graphic designer, an animator, or photojournalist (either still photo or videographer - and there are definitely not enough female videographers in this business).

You need to open your mind, Padma, to the idea that all of these job titles are involved in *telling stories.* There are many different ways to tell stories - visually, verbally, musically, etc. So figure out what *kinds* of stories you want to tell, and then think about what kind of vehicle would best suit your skills and interests in telling those stories.

Those are some mighty big decisions to make, but they’re also super exciting decisions to make! Wishing you the best of luck in making them.

Barry Abrams
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Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice, Barry! Padma
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Mrinalini’s Answer

Hello Padma,
There are several exciting opportunities for a journalist, such as:
- Editor: Shape the content and voice of a publication.
- Cartoonist: Bring stories to life through creative illustrations.
- Photo Journalist: Capture impactful moments with your camera.
- Proof Reader: Ensure the quality and accuracy of written content.
- Feature Writer: Dive deep into compelling topics and stories.
- Leader Writer: Share your opinions and insights on important issues.
- Correspondent/Special Reporter: Be on the frontlines, reporting breaking news.
- Critic: Offer expert opinions on various subjects, such as movies, books, or food.

To explore these career paths further, check out this helpful link: https://www.internationalstudent.com/study-journalism/careers-in-journalism/

Wishing you the best of luck on your journey!
Thank you comment icon Your advice was so helpful! Padma
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Barlara’s Answer

As a journalist, you have many exciting options to choose from, such as focusing on digital content, photography, or editorial work to create printable materials. You can even explore technical roles like being part of a camera crew or a production set designer. All of these paths offer you the chance to share stories and contribute to a community journal, which is the heart and soul of being a journalist.
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Amanda’s Answer

There are so many options for people with journalism degrees -- not limited to writing, but could also be TV, radio, digital, etc. My biggest piece of advice is to get as much experience in all the different types of media as possible. If you experience them all, then you will have a better idea of what type of media you gravitate toward. The more internships, shadowing opportunities, etc. the better. As far as pay - I wouldn't expect to make a lot of money in the first few jobs you have. That's not what this industry is. But it can still be rewarding, and if you're truly good at your craft you'll have the opportunity to do more/bigger as you climb up the ranks. Follow your passion - and the rest will fall in to place nicely. Good luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you Amanda! I'll definitely use your advice and try and explore different forms of media. Padma
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Deidre’s Answer

With a journalism degree, you can explore various career paths like working in Public Relations, becoming a Writer, taking up Photo Journalism, engaging in Copywriting, or even becoming an Editor-in-chief at a publishing company.
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