Earnings Potential

According to the College Journal from The Wall Street Journal, salaries for journalists vary widely depending on your area of specialization. An entry-level graduate can make up to $29,962 a year, while news assistants that work for news establishments can make up to $25,000 a year. Journalists who work for newspapers and who are entry-level reporters or copy editors can make between $28,000 and $30,000.

Facts at a glance

  • A journalist writes for a newspaper or magazine. They gather information about current events, trends, issues, and people.
  • A journalist can also write or report news for radio, television, and newspapers, these journalists are called reporter or correspondents.
  • To obtain a job in journalism an employer has to see that you are dedicated and willing to work irregular hours.
  • To be a good journalist you need to have the ability to write in a style, which is easy to understand, have good spelling, grammar, punctuation, determination, the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Summary of what this career entails

Journalism entails investigation, explanation, and a point of view, while reporters are just interested in the facts; journalists are interested in the motives and meanings behind events. Journalism is a demanding field that requires an individual to be dedicated, determined, and persistent. The life of a journalist or reporter can be chaotic at times; they are at a constant worry to meet deadlines, usually stressed out, under pressure, and pressed for time. According to (, reporters change their work hours and life to follow up with a breaking story or to meet a deadline. Sometimes a reporter can put his life at risk or in danger because they cover wars, natural disasters, fire, and floods. Recently, a reporter who was assign to cover the war in Iraq wrote a book that discusses all the fears, sadness, and moving experiences she had while covering the war. (

Examples and or details of work

If you decide to work in the field of journalism, it would probably be best to abide by the journalism ethics. The journalism ethics are principles journalist should follow to promote the highest standard of professionalism. They consist of seeking the truth and promoting it, minimize harm, acting independently, being accountable, and being preamble. A journalist main priority is its public and putting them as the frontrunner. 

Degrees that lead to this career

Some of the degrees you can obtain include:

  • B.A. in Journalism & Media
  • B.A. in Journalism & English  
  • M.A. in Journalism - Media Management
  • M.A. in Journalism - Strategic Communications
  • M.A. in Global Journalism
  • Ph.D. in Journalism

Specific Career openings in this field

There are many job opportunities for people that are looking for a career in journalism, for example, you work as a correspondent or reporter, copy editor, news writer, commentator, writer for a website, or work as a columnist for magazine or newspaper.