How To Become A Journalist

After working in newspaper journalism for more than 20 years I am often asked by aspiring journalists how they can get into the profession.

And I always tell them that there are three basic routes:

  • Study a journalism degree
  • Take an accredited course at a further education college
  • Apply for trainee posts without studying for a qualification

Of course, it helps from the start if prospective journalists can get an idea of what the job involves so they can decide whether the career is suitable for them.


This last point inspired me to write a book called How To Become A Journalist.

As well as giving an insider’s view on life as a journalist I have included basic tips on the tricks of the trade.

I reveal what actually defines something as newsworthy and explain in easy terms how to write great stories and features.

There is also a chapter on how to conduct a press interview and how to take photographs for newspapers and magazines.

I’ve also written in depth about how journalists use social media to source news and share the stories they write.

For those who are applying for jobs in journalism I’ve included a section on how to do a great interview for a job.

Many students and aspiring journalists have already read the book and I’m delighted that it has 11 five-star reviews on Amazon.

I’m hoping that the content in the book will inspire others to follow in my footsteps and help them get a foot in the journalism door, whether they seek careers as newspaper reporters or jobs in broadcast journalism.

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If you’ve read this post and you have any questions about careers in journalism please feel free to email me at or leave a comment at the bottom.

And if you are interested in finding out more about my journalism careers book it is available as a paperback or eBook on the Amazon site right HERE.




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