How to become a journalist

Research, compose and edit news stories, reports and opinion pieces for print or electronic publication.

What does a journalist do?

Journalists 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.

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Bachelor of Communication

  • Major in Journalism
  • Major in Public Relations
  • Major in Business Communication
  • Major in Creative Writing
  • Major in Screen Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

  • Major in Art History
  • Major in Creative Writing
  • Major in Criminal Justice
  • Major in History
  • Major in Journalism
  • Major in Literature
  • Major in Media Studies
  • Major in Public Relations
  • Major in Screen Culture
  • Major in Sociology

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