Careers in Journalism

Journalism is one of the most important vocations. Journalists not only report news but are also responsible for searching out for new stories that might impact the larger society. Journalists are also responsible for shaping opinions and perceptions about key issues that are prevailing in a society. From the local to the national level, journalists play a key role in shaping public opinions and perceptions. Journalists therefore perform a special function and one that no other vocation does.

Journalism as a vocation has also been one of the fields that has seen a radical change over the years. Both print and the visual medium have grown exponentially over the years and there is always a demand for skilled professionals. Increasing competitiveness has also led journalism becoming a very high stress job where deadlines must be met at all cost. Careers in Journalism

There is also an intense competition for more readers and viewers in both the print and the visual media. Both print and media journalists have to battle the daily stresses of work and life in order to produce relevant results. The job is stressful and may involve very high workloads in order to meet tight deadlines. It is not a profession for the weak willed or the timeservers. The vocation requires passion and complete dedication from an individual if he wants to excel. Careers in Journalism

Good writing skills is not enough to excel in journalism. In addition to it, one requires an attention to details, because it is in these details that a story finds both clarity and meaning. Journalism also requires boundless energy and the relentlessness to pursue a good lead. The glamour associated with the visual medium can be misleading for many young media aspirants, as we don’t get to see the great efforts that goes behind bringing all these stories on to the TV screens. Careers in Journalism

Journalism can be an ideal career for those who love to read books and write. The vocation offers them an opportunity to extend their natural talents and utilize them to the best of their abilities. There are also various streams within journalism that a journalist can specialize in. These specializations include sports, investigative, science and film journalism.

The salaries in journalism, in India based jobs, can be quite less to begin with, Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 10000 to begin with, depending on the organization. The visual media, on the other hand offers more. In US based journalism jobs, recent graduates earn an average annual salary of $29,962, according to a fall 2005 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in Bethlehem, Pa. Communication majors earn $31,879, NACE reports. Careers in Journalism


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