You’ve got a love of words and a knack for getting your ideas across. Turn that talent into an enriching new career by studying a journalism course.
What do journalism graduates do?
Graduates of journalism may take on a wide variety of roles in the publishing, media, advertising and creative sectors.
If you choose to work as a journalist, you may complete tasks such as:
- Researching and conducting interviews;
- Writing articles, news reports, feature articles, stories and commentaries;
- Writing and editing copy to ensure accuracy and conformity with editorial guidelines;
- Analysing, collecting and checking facts;
- Reviewing and researching other published material; and
- Critically discussing news and events for criticism, reviews and opinion columns.
If you choose to work as a copywriter or advertising writer, you may complete tasks such as:
- Consulting with clients and managers to establish and interpret creative briefs;
- Conduct market research;
- Writing advertising and marketing copy for press, radio, television, billboards, catalogues and shop displays;
- Editing and reviewing writing work; and
- Briefing graphic designers.
If you choose to work as an editor, you may complete tasks such as:
- Developing and implementing editorial guidelines;
- Editing and reviewing copy for factual accuracy, compliance with editorial guidelines and policies, tone, grammar and style;
- Briefing writers and designers;
- Writing articles, opinion pieces, stories and features; and
- Managing the publication of a newspaper, magazine or website, including managing an editorial calendar, publishing pieces, determining budgets and arranging payments.
After completing a journalism course, you may choose to work as a:
You’ll enjoy working in journalism if you:
- Love words and communicating
- Are proactive and relentless
- Are curious about the world
- Are resilient
- Are disciplined
- Are an independent worker
- Have excellent writing and communication skills
- Have a strong grasp of grammar
- Can work well under pressure
- Have strong organisation and time management skills
- Are empathetic
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that the journalism sector in Australia has been growing moderately for the past decade, and expects job opportunities in the sector to continue expanding. Currently employing approximately 27,500 people, the sector will likely expand to employ approximately 30,300 journalists by 2020.
Similarly, Job Outlook predicts that roles for professionals in the editing sector will expand by the end of the decade. Currently employing approximately 4,500 people, the profession is likely to grow significantly to employ a further 1,100 people by 2020.
PayScale reports that journalists can expect to earn between $38,000 and $78,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $53,000 per year.
PayScale reports a strong, positive relationship between experience and earning capacity, with entry-level journalists earning on average approximately $49,000 per year, and journalists with 10 to 20 years of professional experience earning approximately $67,000 per year.