Are you a veritable wordsmith of sorts? Can you produce good quality written pieces in a limited time frame? You might just have the makings of a great journalist.

Journalists seek out news, interviews, opinion and comment and present it in an arresting and engaging style. They don’t just work for national and local newspapers and magazines, but also for the new wave of online publications that are springing up left, right and centre.

The beauty of journalism is that you can specialise in a particular area of interest, be it sports, business, fashion, beauty, current affairs or science.

Journalists don’t just write pieces; they might be involved with sub-editing, layout, graphics, illustrating and a whole host of other roles.

‘Journalist’ is such a broad term that it’s up to you to suss out what areas of journalism appeal to you and narrow down your choices. Just saying “I want to be a journalist” won’t cut the mustard. So have a browse of our media sub-sections and other occupational profiles to find out where you want your journalism career to go.

Journalists have distinct personalities. They tend to be artistic individuals, which means they’re creative, intuitive, sensitive, articulate, and expressive. They are unstructured, original, nonconforming, and innovative. Some of them are also enterprising, meaning they’re adventurous, ambitious, assertive,extroverted, energetic, enthusiastic, confident, and optimistic.

A journalist is someone who investigates, collects and presents information as a news story. This can be presented through newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the internet. Journalists are relied upon to present news in a well-rounded, objective manner.

Journalism offers the opportunity to spread important information to a wide audience, whilst building a strong and broad network. However the industry is shrinking, so we recommend only pursuing it whilst keeping other options open.