Over the course of the last few months, journalists have stepped up to provide us with local and international news concerning the global COVID-19 pandemic. They act as our trustworthy sources into the world’s various happenings and play an endlessly important role in society. Have you been inspired to consider becoming a journalist yourself? If so, you may be wondering what to expect. Here is everything that you need to know.
What does a journalist do?
A journalist is responsible for gathering facts and information from a variety of different sources, as well as verifying their legitimacy, before serving them to an audience. There are many types of journalists out there. They include:
- Broadcast journalists: These are the journalists who you see on the news;
- Online journalists: These are journalists who write informative articles for digital publication;
- Print journalists: Print journalists are those who pen stories for print in newspapers and magazines.
Regardless of which type of journalist you wish to become, you will require a host of skills. Communication skills are the most important, but you will also need to have above-average writing skills, problem-solving skills, and research skills. It also helps to be a confident, determined individual.
How much do journalists earn in South Africa?
Your salary would vary depending on the type of journalist you choose to become, as well as on the amount of experience you rack up. Having said that, journalism is more often than not a career of passion rather than pay; it is estimated that journalists in South Africa currently earn between R76k – R378k per year.
What to study?
Most prospective journalists will study a degree in journalism, media studies, creative writing, or English in order to successfully enter the field. There is also the option to study publishing.
The great news is that the majority of top universities in South Africa will offer most of these courses, so you will be spoilt for choice. Be sure to conduct some research into the specific content of the courses on offer so that you can select one that best fits with your interests.
Are you currently a journalism student in South Africa? We would love to hear all about your experience. Share it with us on our Facebook page today using the hashtag #JournalismSouthAfrica.