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Become A Journalist

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Working As A Journalist

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $40,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Journalist Do At Sinclair Broadcast Group

* Come in with enterprise; lead story ideas every day.
* Accurately report on a variety of subjects
* Break news stories
* Strong shooting, writing, digital video editing skills
* Ability to quickly produce news packages/VOs/VOSOTs
* Strong live shot reporter.
* Someone who know how to do purpose driven live shots
* Be able to quickly cover breaking news and with a sense of urgency
* Develop and maintain news sources
* Passion for social media
* Produce daily digital content and video for Facebook, website, Twitter and Instagram
* Produce additional digital extra content every day
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Journalist Do At IBM

* Establish the importance of a data journalist as part of a data science practice inside of IBM and our clients programs
* Work with teams on best practices of defining their audience
* Work with data scientists and clients to represent the output of the MVPs and use cases in a manner that is informative and consumable
* Mentor internal and client teams on proper data visualization practices.
* Create clear, concise and deep interactive dashboards using data and output of predictive and prescriptive models
* Create visualizations that work on as many platforms as possible
* Preferred Work Locations: New York
* While working across all these industries, you will also get to travel the World as these engagements will require that the team spend several weeks at client sites working on data science problems with a diverse team.
* As a member of the team you will have a T-shaped skill set, having a broad knowledge base in Data Science and Industry Solutions in general, but also in- depth expertise in data visualization

What Does A Journalist Do At Sinclair Broadcast Group

* Producing daily content on a variety of platforms including the internet
* Social networking sites and mobile phones, in addition to television
* Must have and maintain a valid license and a good driving record

What Does A Journalist Do At Sinclair Broadcast Group


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How To Become A Journalist

Employers generally prefer to hire reporters and correspondents who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications along with an internship or work experience from a college radio or television station or a newspaper.


Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers may hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, and relevant work experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs in journalism and communications include classes in journalistic ethics and techniques for researching stories and conducting interviews. Some programs may require students to take liberal arts classes, such as English, history, economics, and political science, so that students are prepared to cover stories on a wide range of subjects.

Some journalism students may benefit from classes in multimedia design, coding, and programming. Because content is increasingly being delivered on television, websites, and mobile devices, reporters need to know how to develop stories with video, audio, data, and graphics.

Some schools offer graduate programs in journalism and communications. These programs prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field to become journalists.

Other Experience

Employers generally require workers to have experience gained through internships or by working on school newspapers. While attending college, many students seek multiple internships with different news organizations. These internships allow students the opportunities to work on stories and put together a portfolio of their best writing samples or on-air appearances.


After gaining more work experience, reporters and correspondents can advance by moving from news organizations in small cities or towns to news organizations in large cities. Larger markets offer job opportunities with higher pay and more responsibility and challenges. Reporters and correspondents also may become editors or news directors.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Journalists must be able to report the news both verbally and in writing. Strong writing skills are important for journalists in all kinds of media.

Computer skills. Journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices.

Interpersonal skills. To develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people. They also need to work well with other journalists, editors, and news directors.

Objectivity. Journalists need to report the facts of the news without inserting their opinion or bias into the story.

Persistence. Sometimes, getting the facts of a story is difficult, particularly when those involved refuse to be interviewed or provide comment. Journalists need to be persistent in their pursuit of the story.

Stamina. The work of journalists is often fast paced and exhausting. Reporters must be able to keep up with the additional hours of work.

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Journalist Career Paths

Communications Specialist Sales Manager Retail Sales Manager
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Project Manager Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Photographer Art Director Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Marketing Consultant Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Coordinator Communications Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Producer Marketing Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Managing Editor Public Relations
Director Of Marketing And Public Relations
7 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Senior Account Executive Public Relations
Director Of Public Affairs
8 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Director
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Communications Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Writer Writer And Editor Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Program Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Media Coordinator Media Relations Manager
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Writer And Editor Public Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Fellow Program Analyst Public Affairs Specialist
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Writer Managing Editor Communications Director
Vice President Of Communication
5 Yearsyrs
Photographer Sales Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
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Journalist Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Cantonese

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Serbian

  • Ukrainian

  • Croatian

  • Greek

  • Hebrew

  • Turkish

  • Urdu

  • Romanian

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Journalist Education


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Real Journalist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Journalist Reuters America LLC Los Angeles, CA Jan 22, 2016 $156,341
Junior Journalist Reuters America LLC Los Angeles, CA Aug 19, 2015 $153,275
Journalist Reuters America LLC Los Angeles, CA Jan 29, 2014 $149,537
Data Journalist Move, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 08, 2016 $135,000
Data Journalist Move, Inc. San Jose, CA Oct 08, 2016 $135,000
Junior Journalist (Correspondent) Reuters America LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2014 $113,069
Junior Journalist (Correspondent) Thomson Reuters (Markets) LLC San Francisco, CA Aug 25, 2014 $113,069
Journalist (Reporter) The New York Times Company New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $108,110
Data Journalist-Bloomberg Graphics News Desk Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $108,000
Junior Journalist Reuters America LLC New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $105,598
Junior Journalist Reuters America LLC New York, NY Aug 28, 2015 $105,598
Journalist Thomson Reuters U.S. Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2012 $96,606
Intermediate Journalist The New York Times Company New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $85,000
NY Online Journalist Mail Media, Inc. New York, NY Oct 21, 2014 $60,000 -
Journalist, Finance The Univision Network Limited Partnership Miami, FL Jan 09, 2016 $60,000
Digital Journalist Univision Interactive Media, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2015 $60,000
Digital Journalist The Univision Network Limited Partnership Miami, FL Oct 01, 2015 $60,000
Online Journalist Buzzmedia, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2012 $55,000
Journalist Kpopstars Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2014 $54,000
Data Journalist Hanley Wood Washington, DC Aug 17, 2016 $43,202
Multimedia Journalist Univision Television Group, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Jan 08, 2016 $43,000
Writer/Journalist Takuyo Corporation Torrance, CA Oct 01, 2012 $42,784
Journalist/Writer Los Angeles News Publishing Corp. Los Angeles, CA Apr 28, 2011 $42,723
Multimedia Journalist Scripps NP Operating, LLC Naples, FL Aug 30, 2016 $42,016
Multimedia Journalist Scripps NP Operating, LLC Naples, FL Aug 22, 2016 $42,016
Journalist Nguoi VIET News, Inc. Westminster, CA Feb 01, 2011 $42,000

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Top Skills for A Journalist


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Top Journalist Skills

  1. Web Stories
  2. Daily Newspaper
  3. Feature
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Write AP Style web stories, posted web videos Develop sources, maintain contacts and pursue leads that result in original stories
  • Covered variety of beats for daily newspapers, including session of the Alaska Legislature.
  • Provided photography that illustrated feature stories, sports and spot news.
  • Experience providing video production for online publication.
  • Reported, filmed and edited daily news and enterprise video packages for online publication and weekly news cast.

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