Careers in Journalism


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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:

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:

Pros and Cons of Being a Journalist


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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Key Folks to Follow on Twitter

Blogs and Websites

Networking Opportunities

Job Search Resources

Careers Related to Journalism

Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Journalism

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The Wirecutter - The Wirecutter is a site that offers “a list of the best electronics and gadgetry" that will help you make the absolute best purchasing decision.

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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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Fall 2015 Digital Media InternSanta Monica, CA
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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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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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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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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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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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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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StatSheet - Durham, NC based StatsSheet looks like a really fun place to work for sports lovers who want to be part of the future of online journalism.

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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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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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