So You Want To Be A Reputable Journalist?

*Collaborative post.

When you want to become a journalist, it’s safe to say that you’re never really going to want to be any old writer. You want to be successful, well-known, and great at your job too. And more importantly, you want to be reputable. A reputable journalist is famous for being good at their job. Here’s how you can do it.


Learn The Ropes

 To start with, you’re going to want to learn the ropes as much as you can – and as quickly as you can. When you graduate from college, get an internship – or even while you’re at college. A summer job would be great too. Even when you get your first job, learning the ropes is important, so that you can begin to establish yourself in the right ways.


Practice Your Craft

But then also, you need to dedicate yourself to this. It’s really not just enough for you to learn in college and then never look at a piece or writing education ever again. The best writers are those that are constantly learning. So make sure that you’re reading leading work, and that you’re practicing your craft constantly too. Practice makes perfect! Never forget that. 


Avoid Fake News

Finally, as tempting as it can be to get suckered in by different news articles and sensationalism. But if you know that you want to be a reputable journalist, then you just cannot get sucked in by it all. Instead, you have to make sure that you’re picking out fake news, as seen in the infographic below, and aiming to make your work a lot better. This will make sure that your career is not only successful but rewarding too. Reporting fake news never ends well. Don’t be tempted no matter what. 


Infographic Design By University of Southern California


16 responses

  1. Alas, some journalists want to be the first to break news without research, regardless of whether it’s fake or not. They can always offer a retraction later. Sad.

  2. Fake news is a rampant problem in journalism. Sensationalism is responsible for that. You had me hooked with your post. It could’ve been longer. But anyways great post

  3. This is what I always remind my children about. Be careful not to fall into believing fake news. Sometimes journalists just report whatever without researching about the issue thoroughly. Journalism and news reporting should be done with great responsibility, so as not to mislead the public into believing something false.

  4. Great article. This is a topic I know I need to learn more about and you really helped me understand some good ways to get started. Thank you.

  5. I wanted to study journalism in college but my dad said, “You will be putting your life on the line.” I realized now that being a journalist is a risky job. If you speak the truth and “hurt” someone, you might lose your life for that. If you “sugar coat” your report, you might mislead the public. Responsible journalism is a rarity nowadays it seems.

  6. Thank you for sharing these tips. I would definitely love to become a reputable blogger and I guess we just have to keep on writing and writing. Practice is the best way to improve our craft and ofcourse make sure that we share true and correct information only.

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