EASYUNI Ultimate University Guide 2013 Issue 6 - Page 41

E XC L U S IVE F EAT U RE Qualification and Training The Nature of Journalism butter is on what A journalist’s bread and hin a given timeline he or she writes wit several different for the masses. There are lism that all focus on subheadings for journa king it a very diverse a particular skill set, ma ver your interests are, field of study. Whate dia, there is a job in from sports to social me h it. journalism that deals wit Degrees in journalism range from an Associa te’s degree up to a Maste r’s degree. There are several colleges that offer the degree as a postgrad uate study, allowing stude nts from other major s to participate in the pro gramme and exempli fying it as a career that req uires different persp ectives and expertise. To pursue a degree in journalism, you must have good grades along wi th a focus in languag e and the humanities. The lat ter are optional, since the field is always looking for new experiences from those who are from dif ferent backgrounds wi th different interests. So long as you are willin g to work and open to lea rning, becoming a jou rnalist can be rewarding. If you have a specific subfield of journalism that you want to pursu e, make sure you have a portfolio of work perta ining to that subfield to allow professors and potential employers to see what skills you have an d what you may need to improve upon. Develop that portfolio often, eve n if you already have a position; it will show your employers you are co nstantly looking to im prove yourself and your wo rk. Tools of the Trade As a journalist, you must be a reliable person who can finish your work in a timely manner. place, there is a need for you to be punctual, so that calls for insatiable appetite for latest information and discipline. If you don’t have both, you will not only fail to get the story across to the readers on time but your reputation will nosedive too. Open-mindedness is also crucial, as you will be encountering new things you might not have experienced firsthand before. Deadlines are crucial and you may be working on a very tight schedule (yes, even on weekends) to get a particular story out to the public at a particular time. Since most journalism jobs require that you conduct interviews and make appointments to visit an event or give out. Understand where the information is coming from and check the credibility of the sources before disseminating it– that is your responsibility. A journalist must also be able to communicate in an effective manner through his or her speech, writing, or both. Journalism is all about communication. If a person cannot communicate efficiently, they will have a hard time relating with their co-workers, interviewees and event coordinators on a prof