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Considered the 4th pillar of democracy, journalism has earned its respect in our country since British India. To appreciate and call out on activities across the country, journalist worked day and night and be a watchdog. They are the messengers of a country, who ensure the delivery of the news to citizens of a country. Over the years, this field has received criticism due to the malfunctioning of the system and, priorities given to PR activities and advertisements. Hence there is a need for a good and passionate journalist who can bring back the respect the field once had. This article aims to guide you through the steps of becoming a journalist.
A journalist needs to be a person who has good knowledge about the type of journalism they wish to get into. For example, if you are interested in Business writings, then the best path of education will be to complete your bachelor’s from a commerce field. Not only, will you be familiar with the jargon of the business, but also it would tell how and when an idea can be converted into a story. Once you finish your bachelor’s in the respective areas, do a master’s in journalism. There are options for media studies at the graduation level too. Either way, you can make a good start in media.
The following are a set of skills you must have as a journalist.
Reporting can be for hard news such as Political, sports, business, crime or soft news entertainment, lifestyle, etc. Every journalist is a detective. Investigative journalism is popular yet the most dangerous style of working. It has helped us expose several scams in India. The most appreciated one being the scam of 1992.
Journalism has 3 mediums: Print, Broadcast, and online.
As a journalist, you have responsibilities to adhere to. They are not only towards your country but towards your audience too. Plagiarism shall be your greatest enemy. You are supposed to focus on giving out the truth and not serve as Public relations personnel to any individual or political party. Have valid sources and ensure their safety especially, in case of anonymity. Journalism is not about money. The best example of a good journalist right now is Faye D’Souza. Follow her work to understand the pointer of good journalism.
Journalism is one of the most adventurous fields to work for only if you are passionate, curious, and willing to tell the truth to the world.
: By – Neha Pandey