What they do

Journalists write and present news and current affairs stories for print media, radio, television and the Internet. They conduct research and plan stories, interview people to obtain information, and write the copy for the final story as it appears in the media. They may even present the story on radio or television. Journalists may specialise in a particular area such as sport, politics, entertainment, economics and finance, or other specific topics.

Working conditions

Journalists work in newsrooms or offices, as well as television studios and radio stations. They often travel to cover stories and interview people. They may spend long periods of time on the road if covering a particular event or an ongoing news story. They may also visit locations such as law courts, sporting and entertainment venues or public places to cover stories. Journalists may need to spend time outdoors regardless of weather conditions, and they may work in unpleasant situations such as war zones and crime or accident scenes. They often need to meet tight deadlines.

Tools and technologies

Journalists use computers for research and writing, but may also use notepads and pens, dictaophones or portable sound and video recording devices, and may even be involved in the use of photographic and digital video equipment.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a journalist, you usually need to study a degree with a major in journalism or a related field, followed by a one-year graduate cadetship involving on the job training.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses.

Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Learn more about your study options.

Required registration and licensing


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