EASYUNI Ultimate University Guide 2013 Issue 6 - Page 42

E XC L U S IVE F EAT U RE Because of the variety of skills and number of different journalist jobs, there’s always work to be found. Even if there isn’t, the skill sets you develop will allow you to find work, even in fields outside journalism. If you aren’t needed to help with a breaking celebrity news story, set yourself up on a freelancing site to practise your writingand build up your portfolio. Depending on what sort of journalism you choose, you will be working in environments that may be outside your comfort zone. You will be exposed to stories and experiences you might not have had before and must be willing to confront to get the information needed to complete an article or news story. The Work Climate Journalists should be constantly looking at the world with new eyes, with the means to get to the source of a news or event to seek the truth. Too often, audiences receive information that isn’t fact-checked and it begins to skew their way of thinking into something that isn’t true. A journalist’s duty is to get the real facts before presenting any new information to the public. Why Choose Journalism? Journalism is a career that has one experiencing something new every day. There’s always something new that appears either on the political or pop-culture radar that needs explaining and you will have the advantage of being one of the first people to know. You’ll be in an environment where you have the choice of working for yourself as a freelancer or photojournalist, or working with a network of people as a reporter or sports journalist. There are so many options with aposition that allows you a bit more freedom than manyother careers. 40 easyuni Guide 2015 Issue 6 What to Expect as a Journalist Journalism is not a boring What needs to be a constant, career; you don’t just type whatever path you choose, is that what out articles or look up facts you are reporting and sharing with for a story. It involvesconstant the rest of the world is true. There is a learning that will broaden need in this age of technology where your horizons on what you we are getting rumours and skewed are able to do and what you media attention on a topic and calling used to think. Depending on it the truth, but sometimes it can be far your career path, you could from what’s really happening. Check do many things with your your facts and sources before reporting degree in journalism. You something breaking. Your conscience write freelance for fashion and your audience will thank you. magazines, edit newspaper articles before they go to print, or take pictures at events.