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A bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, liberal arts or english is the minimum requirement to become a journalist. Some students complete a double major in journalism and another subject, such as business or economics. Getting a master's degree in journalism can broaden one's horizons, or can start ones career in journalism if their bachelor's degree was in a different subject.
A journalist needs to have excellent research skills and an ability to generate accurate information and good content. They must be able to ask the right questions and understand situations quickly in order to produce coherent stories.
Like any writer, journalists should have a passion for language and all the ways it can be used. It's not just about the facts, but also about the way they are presented. Journalists need to have excellent writing and grammatical skills, and must always aim for accuracy.
To gather information, journalists need to have determination (though sometimes perceived as aggressiveness) to ask all the appropriate and necessary questions.
What are Journalists like?
Based on our pool of users, journalists tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.
Journalists by Strongest Interest Archetype
Based on sample of 1919 Sokanu users
Are Journalists happy?
Journalists rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 69th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.
Journalist Career Satisfaction by Dimension
Percentile among all careers
Education History of Journalists
The most common degree held by journalists is Journalism. 11% of journalists had a degree in journalism before becoming journalists. That is over 10 times the average across all careers. English Literature graduates are the second most common among journalists, representing 11% of journalists in the Sokanu user base, which is 2.4 times the average.
Journalist Education History
This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Journalist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.
|Degree||% of journalists||% of population||Multiple|
|Philosophy And Religious Studies||1.6%||1.4%||1.1×|
|Foreign Language Studies||1.3%||1.2%||1.1×|
|Business Management And Administration||1.1%||6.1%||0.2×|
|Marketing And Marketing Research||1.0%||2.0%||0.5×|
Journalist Education Levels
|High school diploma||0%|
How to Become a Journalist
Where Wannabe Journalists Are Flocking (In Canada)
New Masters in Journalism programs are in the works at Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, but for now, here’s what’s out there for prospective masters of the trade.
Top 10 Journalism Schools For Asian Students
The following list of top journalism schools is not ranked in any particular order, but has been compiled with a view to range of factors including links to industry, industry reputation, strengths in new and social media, academic reputation, salary and job success, and empathy to Asian culture.
Worldwide University Rankings For Journalism
Discover the world’s top universities for journalism with the QS World University Rankings by Subject
Top Journalism Schools In Europe
List of some of the European top leading journalism schools.
50 Best Journalism Schools And Programs At U.S. Colleges And Universities
U.S. Journalism Schools & Programs: Comprehensive State-by-State Listing