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What is it like to be a Journalist?

Journalists report, write, edit and produce news items for news mediums including, web, television, radio, newspapers and magazines. Journalists work in a variety of specialty areas including news and specialist reporters, columnists, commentators, copywriters, producers, sub-editors, editors, newsreaders and presenters.

Journalism skills are also valued in publications, publishing, law, commerce and business.

For more information about a career as a Journalist, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Journalists are confident written and verbal communicators who have knowledge on all current affairs. You will be able to work within tight deadlines and be curious about the world around you.

  • Able to write clear, concise, objective and accurate material quickly
  • Good general knowledge
  • Interest in current events
  • Aptitude to learn keyboard and shorthand skills
  • Able to speak clearly when working on radio and television.

To become a Journalist

To be able to become a Journalist, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Students are encouraged to take a second major or two minors to add to their employability rather than only one major and eight electives.

Which pathway is best for you is individual in nature. Contact a career counsellor to explore these options further.


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