Most people cringe when considering a career in journalism because of one reason: They can’t write. One of the biggest misconceptions about the field is that to be a journalist, you need to be able to write. What if that’s untrue? Here are 6 reasons why a career in journalism might just be for you.
1. You’re secretly a ‘Makcik/Pakcik Bawang’
Who said news has to be boring? Great journalists love good gossip, be it about politics, economics, or any social matter. Not only are they the ones finding the gossip, they’re also the first ones telling people what it is (as long as it’s the truth and verified, of course). So if you’re constantly curious and looking out for the latest gossip on a daily basis, the journalism might just be for you!
2. You gag at the thought of working in an “office”
If sitting in a cubicle all day hunched over a computer sounds like hell to you, then ditch those boring jobs and get into journalism! 80% of the job is done outside of the office because you spend a good amount of time gathering all your information. This means doing interviews, gathering information, and more!
3. You love to talk
Did you think journalists only write news? No way! You can be a journalist and work in television, radio, digital media, and more. People are always needed to be news presenters, photojournalists, field reporters, foreign correspondents, or even host a super popular YouTube show like “Hot Ones” (yup, Sean Evans is a journalist).
4. You wish you were a superhero
The people of Gotham have no idea who is Batman. The people of New York don’t know Peter Parker. Yet, in times of need, the people look for Batman or Spiderman to save the day. As a journalist, you’re a superhero. How? Journalists protect the people by reporting the news to keep citizens safe. Corrupt politicians? Sketchy company policies? A dangerous virus? Journalists are there to make sure YOU get the story about what is happening so that YOU are in the know and can make wise decisions. Looking out for the public? That sure does sound like a superhero.
5. You want to be a filmmaker
The film and television industry is so saturated with people at the moment. But if you aspire to be a filmmaker, then why not make documentaries? You can travel the world (or your neighborhood) and tell amazing stories of people, cultures, and more. Guess what? Documentary filmmakers are journalists who make movies!
6. You have an opinion
You see a lot of videos where people sit in front of their screens and rant about stuff, be it movies, music, television shows, games and more. Well, if you’re super knowledgeable or passionate about something, why not become a reviewer? That’s right. Reviewers are journalists too. Journalism teaches you the art of reviewing so that you can effectively judge and evaluate if something is good or not. Plus, getting stuff for free is never a bad thing.
Sounds like something you want to do? Great! Now suit up, young Padawan, and may the journalistic force be with you.