Careers in Journalism


Looking for an entry level job or internship in journalism? This is an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have relevant entry level and internship opportunities.

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Journalism Careers

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Journalism Career Guide Overview

  1. What a Journalist Does
  2. A Typical Day for a Journalist
  3. Salary and Career Progression for a Journalist
  4. Best Locations for Journalists
  5. Pros and Cons of Being a Journalist
  6. What You Need to Know for a Career in Journalism
  7. Journalism Resources
  8. Careers Related to Journalism
  9. Companies with Jobs and Internships in Journalism

What a Journalist Does

A Journalist creates and distributes news by researching, writing, and reporting on information across mass media, including print media (newspapers and magazines), electronic media (television, radio, documentary film), and digital media (such as blogs and Twitter). To do this, Journalists cultivate sources, interview people, research, and write articles. Journalists may specialize in certain areas, such as writing regular columns on a certain topic (Columnists) or taking pictures (Photojournalists).

A Typical Day for a Journalist

As a Journalist your schedule will depend on what beat you cover. A typical day for a Journalist usually involves these tasks:

  • brainstorming potential ideas for news stories
  • meeting with others in editorial to discuss ideas
  • working in a newsroom
  • going out to witness events
  • interviewing people
  • validating statistics and trends
  • working late to speak to someone in another time zone
  • developing sources–people you can talk to
  • writing stories and articles

Salary and Career Progression for a Journalist

The average yearly salary for a Journalist is $26,350 and $21,700 for a beginner. From there you can grow into a specialty like News Journalist ($20,000-$75,000 on average per year), Broadcast Journalist ($20,000-$97,000 on average per year), or Public Relations Specialist ($27,000-$66,000 on average per year).

Best Locations for Journalists

These locations are some hot spots for journalists:

  • Washington DC
  • New York, New York
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • San Francisco, California

Pros and Cons of Being a Journalist

  • Learn a lot about the world around you
  • Get to meet a lot of people
  • Exploring a particular topic in depth can be fascinating
  • Can be long hours
  • Can be challenging to get your foot in the door
  • Lower pay

What You Need to Know for a Career in Journalism

To be a Journalist you’ll need a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Communication, Journalism, or English. Ideally you’ll gain experience during school in writing, media and production. Try to take a broad scope of classes as well: a variety of electives such as psychology and economics are especially handy when reporting on relevant topics. Beyond that, communication is crucial; you’ll need to be able to write and speak very well. To gain experience start your own blog on a topic you’re passionate about, write for your school newspaper, and pitch specific articles to existing websites and papers.

Journalism Resources

If journalism still sounds like your cup of tea, here are a few things you should do to get started.

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Healthline - Healthline is a San Francisco, CA based company that has built “the largest, most clinically accurate classification of health information available on the web.”

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Whalerock Industries - Whalerock Industries, based in Santa Monica, CA, brings together the "best and brightest minds to create world-class content, spanning all mediums and screens.”

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Patient Conversation Media - Patient Conversation Media is an Austin, TX based company that publishes “doctor-reviewed health-related content online for consumers.”

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Digital First Media - Digital First Media is an NYC based group of news-focused companies that reaches “61 million Americans each month across 18 states.”

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CB Insights - CB Insights is based in NYC and “helps you track the world’s most promising private companies, their investors, their acquirers and the industries they compete in.”

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Everlane - Everlane is a LA and SF based “luxury clothing design and manufacturing company” that “aims to provide low-cost, high-quality goods by cutting out middlemen.”

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Visual Revenue - Visual Revenue is a New York, NY based company that helps editorial teams figure out what readers respond to and react to it in real time.

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Better Government Association - The Better Government Association, a Chicago, IL based non-profit that “works for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government."

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Inter-American Dialogue - Inter-American Dialogue is a DC based "leading U.S. center for policy analysis, exchange, and communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs.”

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Real Change - Real Change is a Seattle, WA based non-profit that provides "opportunity and a voice for low-income and homeless people while taking action for economic justice.”

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Business Insider - Business Insider is “dedicated to aggregating, reporting, and analyzing the top news stories across the web and delivering them to you at rapid-fire pace.”

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1105 Media - 1105 Media is a Chatsworth, CA based company that “provides integrated business-to-business information and media.”

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NewsCred - NewsCred is an NYC based company that "sources and licenses trusted content across a broad range of subjects and perspectives.”

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BUZZMEDIA - Pop culture is like a drug, and BUZZMEDIA is a dealer. They run more than 40 web properties, and they're hiring.

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Vox Media - Vox Media is an online media company that is rapidly growing into new verticals (currently in sports, tech, and games), and they're hiring.

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Entercom - Entercom is one of the five largest radio companies in the U.S. and they have a ton of job openings for new and recent grads.

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Brafton - Brafton is a Boston, MA based “online news and content agency" that has a ton of entry level job opportunities for new grads.

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Benzinga - Benzinga is "an innovative news and analysis service that focuses on global markets," and they have some fantastic jobs for new and recent college grads.

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Travelzoo - Travelzoo is a travel deals site that is super focused on finding high quality deals for its users, and they have some really cool jobs for new grads.

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Crain Communications - Crain Communications is a publisher that covers all kinds of different business niches, and they have some really exciting career opportunities.

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American Public Media - If you like what you hear from American Public Media and their radio stations, then you'll want to check out their jobs.

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GigaOm - GigaOm intends to spend a big portion of their newly acquired capital on hiring to expand GigaOm Pro, so you need to check them out.

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Metromix - Metromix offers guides "to local restaurants, bars and clubs, events, concerts and movies,” and they have a variety of jobs across the country.

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StarChefs - StarChefs is a magazine “for food and wine-savvy consumers and an essential information resource for aspiring professional chefs,” and they're hiring.

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Octagon - Octagon is a worldwide sports and entertainment marketing company with a ton of career opportunities for recent college graduates.

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Instructables - Whether you want to share your expertise or learn from others, Instructables is the place to do it—both as a potential employee or as a site contributor.

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JustSpotted - JustSpotted is a celebrity-spotting site run by a San Francisco, CA startup called Scoopler, and they're hiring.

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NileGuide - NileGuide" helps travelers discover and connect to the most satisfying and relevant travel experiences” and they're hiring travel writers.

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Aol - I decided to hit up Aol’s Career site and look through their job openings. I was shocked to see that Aol currently has 749 vacancies!

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Prime Publishing - Prime Publishing’s Jobs page shows that they’re looking for both entry level and experienced Editors, so check the job description and get ready to learn fast.

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Narrative Science - Even though they don’t even have an About page (let alone a Jobs page), Narrative Science is the kind of company that you need to watch out for.

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Everett Daily Herald - If you like what you see with The Everett Daily Herald, you should check out their Jobs page. They have three positions posted right now.

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Inc. - If you want to work at a magazine like Inc. that keeps its job opportunities secret and you can't network your way in, this is the way to go.

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American Association for the Advancement of Science - The AAAS is a global non-profit that serves as an "educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association" to aid the advancement of science.

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The LTV Group - HousingWire actually hosts it’s own job board, and on there you’ll find a recently posted position for a HousingWire Reporter.

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ProPublica - If you’re impressed by how ProPublica works, and you’d like to be involved, check out their Jobs page. They’re looking for two investigative reporters.

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The Economist - The Economist has job offerings all across the world, but we’re going to focus on their US based opportunities, which are mostly located in New York City.

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Demand Media - Think that making money from web content is near impossible? There's a dirty little secret: it's not. Demand Media knows how to, and they're hiring.

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San Francisco Chronicle - The Chronicle doesn’t have a ton of openings, but current listings include Online Client Services Coordinator and various Account Executive positions.

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Roubini Global Economics - While heavily focused on Economics, Roubini Global Economics is also pretty focused on being a web media company, and they're hiring.

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Seed Media Group - Seed Media Group is a NYC based company that's growing in a dying industry, which makes them an exciting place to work for science loving grads.

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The Wrap - If you’re looking for an entry level journalism job covering Hollywood news, you’re in serious luck. The Wrap is looking for an Entry-Level Reporter.

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The Boston Globe - If you take a look at The Boston Globe's job postings, you’ll see that there are few openings; however, a number of those jobs seem perfect for new grads.

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Care2 - If Care2 sounds like something that you want to be a part of, then you should check out their Jobs page. They have a few job openings right now.

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The Daily Beast - The Daily Beast is a perfect example of how smart startups can create growth in what many people deem to be a dying industry. That's why they're hiring.

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The Huffington Post - If you're a big fan of The Huffington Post, and already have a background in politics, media, or journalism, then you need to check out their Jobs page.

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SNY - Whether you’re a Mets fan, a Jets fan, or a Yankees fan who just wants to get into the world of sports broadcast journalism, SNY might be a great place to start

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