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What does a journalist do?

Journalists are professional storytellers who keep society up-to-date on the latest issues – from politics, to sport, to entertainment; they cover it all. Journalism influences public opinion and plays a critical role in holding government and other powerful institutions to account. As a journalist you might work in a variety of journalism roles including print, radio, television or for an online platform. Your day-to-day could involve conducting interviews, researching, drafting copy, being on site for a live cross, or talking on radio.

Is a career as a journalist right for me?

If you have a gift with words and consider yourself a people-person, you might enjoy a career in journalism. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • exceptional communication skills 
  • an ability to work well under pressure 
  • flexibility with working hours 
  • an inquisitive nature 
  • an interest in current events
  • confidence in public speaking.

How to become a journalist

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your journalism career goals. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of journalism:
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Last updated May 2024.

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