Assuming you have the love for writing and you’ve fantasized about being a journalist ever since you were a kid, you’re ready for the next step in your journey to become a full blown accredited journalist. To recap, you’ve practiced everyday by keeping a diary or writing for the school newspaper. You’ve read the news every day and consumed every book that ever come your way.
Congratulations, you’ve made it. You are now a journalist! Take a moment to breathe in the success and now get to work. Because the days of simply being a journalist are long gone. You have to be a jack of all trades and understand the business side of the news which will help you climb the corporate ladder and achieve your career goals.
“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”
— Tom Stoppard
While it is true that the newspaper industry has been struggling and has been making this shift to online while facing pressure from light entertainment such as Buzzfeed, there is still hope for young hungry aspiring journalist to get a piece of the pie. Here are a few tips to get you started on the career of your dreams as well as practical solutions to hone your skills.