Journalists inform people about events and political information on a local national or international level. They follow the news as it is happening and report on it in a timely manner. They also attend meetings and press conferences. For potential news stories journalists not only interview people but they take photographs and make videotapes. They edit and condense the information they have gathered and they are responsible for checking all the facts being unbiased and being careful not make unfounded allegations. Because news never stands still their hours can be long and unpredictable. They may work evenings or on weekends and holidays to capture breaking stories and meet deadlines for reporting about them. Once they have experience journalists may specialize in an area such as sports crime or business. Journalists must be good at obtaining facts and they need excellent writing skills and the ability to work under pressure. Aspiring journalists earn bachelor's degrees with courses such as journalism communication English economics sociology history and political science business and computer science. Earning a master's degree in journalism and serving an internship or externship while in school renders them more competitive in the job market. According to the website beginning journalists usually work for small newspapers and magazines but eventually they may cover national news for major newspapers or television stations. Because the field of journalism is so diverse salaries vary considerably. Job prospects are only average because people are turning to the internet rather than local newspapers for following the news. Junior reporters earn approximately $30000 annually but more experienced reporters can earn $80000. Television journalists can make over $100000 annually and a select number of very well-known visible journalists make much more.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $65000
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Informs people of news.
Attends press conferences.
Reports news in an unbiased and balanced manner.
Conducts interviews related to current events.
Also Called: News Editor
News Anchor
News Writer
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