We calculated that 25% of Journalists are proficient in News Stories, Multimedia, and Communication. They’re also known for soft skills such as Communication skills, Computer skills, and Interpersonal skills.
We break down the percentage of Journalists that have these skills listed on their resume here:
Some of the skills we found on journalist resumes included "news stories," "multimedia," and "communication." We have detailed the most important journalist responsibilities below. Arguably the most important personality trait for a journalist to have happens to be communication skills. An example from a resume said this about the skill, "reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts must be able to report the news" Additionally, other resumes have pointed out that journalists can use communication skills to "provide photographic coverage and create multimedia pieces about the research made by the bankcommunications team in latin america and the caribbean. "While it may not be the most important skill, we found that many journalist duties rely on computer skills. This example from a journalist explains why: "journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices." This resume example is just one of many ways journalists are able to utilize computer skills: "used multiple computer software programs to complete stories such as: edius, enps, worldnow, oasis, and precis. "Journalists are also known for interpersonal skills, which can be critical when it comes to performing their duties. An example of why this skill is important is shown by this snippet that we found in a journalist resume: "to develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people" We also found this resume example that details how this skill is put to the test: "developed strong communication and interpersonal skills. "
See the full list of journalist skills.
Before becoming a journalist, 64.0% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 19.5% journalists went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most journalists have a college degree. But about one out of every nine journalists didn't attend college at all.
The journalists who went onto college to earn a more in-depth education generally studied journalism and communication, while a small population of journalists studied english and agricultural public services.
When you're ready to become a journalist, you might wonder which companies hire journalists. According to our research through journalist resumes, journalists are mostly hired by Gray Television, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Nexstar Media Group. Now is a good time to apply as Gray Television has 36 journalists job openings, and there are 30 at Sinclair Broadcast Group and 22 at Nexstar Media Group.
If you're interested in companies where journalists make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, and Umi Company. We found that at Thomson Reuters, the average journalist salary is $98,309. Whereas at Bloomberg, journalists earn roughly $88,132. And at Umi Company, they make an average salary of $66,409.
View more details on journalist salaries across the United States.
We also looked into companies who hire journalists from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include CBS, Associated Press, and CNN.