Careers in journalism

As a journalist you  work in exciting broadcast roles, print and online media. This may include writing and editing news reports, commentaries, feature articles, specialist (roundsperson) or regular columns, blogs, websites, magazine articles and online publications. You could also work in television or radio.

Careers in journalism are extremely competitive so you will need to gain as much work experience as possible before graduating. It's vital to building your portfolio and your networks.

You may want to establish your career as a freelance journalist. If so, you can access professional support and establish your credentials as a member of a writing group or through a freelance association.

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Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in journalism:

  • A broad knowledge of current affairs (need specialist knowledge for roundsperson role)
  • Ability to work long hours and to tight deadlines
  • Determination, commitment and emotional resilience
  • Research and investigation skills
  • Interpretive and analytical capacity
  • Good communication, IT and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of law (defamation, copyright, contempt)
  • Persistence, enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity

  Related roles include:

  • Teacher
  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Policy/speech writer
  • Research assistant
  • Information officer
  • Communications officer
  • Public relations officer
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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for journalism graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

Professional associations are an invaluable connection to industry information, networking and professional development opportunities. Most offer student membership discounts. Follow the link to search for professional associations related to your course.

Book an appointment with Jobshop for more information.

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