How do I become a reporter
What does everyday work look like?
10:00 a.mYour working day as a journalist starts comparatively late, because the first news only comes in when the day really starts for most citizens. In the morning you browse the newspapers and do research online for current topics.
11:00 o'clockThe editorial meeting is coming up, in which you propose topics that you want to write about. In addition, the editor-in-chief determines which events the editorial team must report on.
12:00 o'clockYou start with the research. You collect the most important information about your article topic, find experts and ask interview requests.
14:00 clockNow you start reporting on site. You attend the agreed interview appointments with the topic experts, ask important sources and take the appropriate photos.
4 p.m.When you get back to the editorial office, you immediately get to work on the article. You organize your existing information and write it down within the lines given by the editor-in-chief. Then one of your colleagues will edit your contribution.
6:30 p.m.Finished! Your article is ready for tomorrow's issue. You talk to the responsible layouter and express your wishes regarding the design of the text. Then it goes to the well-deserved evening.
- Sense of language
- Correct spelling and grammar
- Organized and focused way of working
- A feeling for topics and trends
- Interest in different media formats
What does a journalist do?
What are the job prospects?
What qualities should I have?
What specializations are there?
- Career opportunities in the radio, TV, online and print sectors
- Numerous department and topic specializations possible
- Also suitable for career changers
- Journalists with additional technical skills are particularly in demand
Did you already know, that ...
- ... in the USA there is often still a division between reporter and editor? While reporters are responsible for the research, the editors write the texts. In Germany, the journalist usually does this in personal union.
- ... the Wiener Zeitung is the oldest daily newspaper in the world that still exists? It left the printing press for the first time in 1703.
- ... a journalism student and his professor in the USA were able to save an innocent convicted person from death 50 hours before his execution by means of well-researched evidence?
These celebrities are journalists too
Brad Pitt - actor
Admittedly, Brad Pitt is not a prime example. After all, he broke off his journalism studies after a short time, bad bad, again. We are happy to turn a blind eye to his great films. (Image: © Georges Biard / CC BY-SA 3.0 (via Wikimedia Commons))
Karl Marx - social theorist
Before he became the leader of the socialist movement in Europe, Karl Marx worked as a journalist. His employer had to close after a year due to a ban on the newspaper. The subsequent move to France brought Marx the acquaintance of Friedrich Engels. The rest is history. (Image: © John Jabez Edwin Mayall / Gemeinfrei (via Wikimedia Commons))
Günther Jauch - moderator
Mr. Jauch didn't always ask nasty questions to poor candidates. He actually started his academic career as a law student, but then applied at the same time to a journalism school. He was accepted, completed his studies in journalism and started as a sports journalist. (Image: © Jakob Gehrmann / CC BY 4.0 (via Wikimedia Commons))
What speaks for the job
- As a journalist, you can expect a wide range of tasks and constantly new topics.
- Not only do you write, but you can use different media such as videos, pictures or audio contributions.
- The online area continues to grow. Many companies now offer their own guides and blogs.
- You can also become a journalist without studying, for example through an internship, a Volo or starting as a freelancer.
What speaks against the job
- Classic print journalism continues to decline.
- For the most part, you no longer research current topics yourself, but sort and take over agency reports.
- Due to the large number of applicants, vacancies are highly competitive.
Starting salary as a journalist
- journalist2.700 €¹
- editor1.500 €¹
Salary based on work experience
Salary based on work experience
Salary by state
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