Journalists and other writers research, compose and edit news stories, reports and opinion pieces for print or electronic publication. They may write for news, travel or entertainment purposes or for the advertisement of products.

Duties and tasks

  • Analyse current events, news articles, films, books, performances and celebrity news to write opinion pieces and reviews
  • Create advertisements for a variety of media based on product attributes and targeted market
  • Research and analyse information on important current events, product information, recent studies or entertainment using factual information, interviews, police reports and investigations
  • Work with clients, management, editors and stakeholders to produce appropriate content for intended audience and purpose
  • Write and edit informative material for textbooks, product manuals, references, brochures, etc.
  • Write and edit pieces on public interest for a variety of sources such as television, newspapers, magazines and online news sources

Skills required

  • Analytical
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Excellent Writing and Editing Skills
  • Problem Solving Capabilities
  • Strong Research Skills

Working conditions

Journalists may work Mondays to Fridays or on evenings and weekends in order to conduct research on stories and to write and edit current events based on deadlines. They should be available to cover stories or developments within a short notice. They typically work in office settings writing and editing works or they are out in the field researching material.

Professional associations / Industry information

Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance

Related jobs and job titles

  • Author
  • Columnist
  • Editor
  • Feature Writer
  • Leader Writer
  • Media Commentator
  • News Reporter
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Resume Writer
  • Technical Writer

Related degrees

Related subjects