Have you ever dreamed of being a journalist? Being a journalist is sometimes not so easy. This profession is very nice, but as most of the things, it has some good and some bad sides.
#JOB IS VERY INTERESTING
One of the advantages is that job is very interesting. Every day is different and it’s never boring when you are a journalist. If you are working on television, you cover a lot of different topics. At the same time and you are often out of redaction because you have to make an interview. You meet new people, new places and you have the opportunity to get acquainted with new situations.
#JOB WITH DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT
At the same time, the job is dynamic. If you are working on the television, your main goal is to make interviews or make live streams during the breaking news. Before the interview, you often need to prepare adequate questions. Before the live report, you should prepare yourself for the topic which you are covering. It takes time, but it’s dynamic and the advantage is that you are not sitting in the office for 8 hours just working on the same problem.
Near interviews and live reports, often you have to write articles, make video spots, prepare yourself for TV shows or search for new events and news. You need to keep yourself informed about actualities etc. Every day is different. Different events, different people, different tasks. Journalism is unpredictable, sometimes it can be hard, but at the same time, you are always excited about your job.
#BEING PART OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS LIVE
This job leads you to many events – You are often part of the biggest events in the city or country and watch it live. It’s always a big experience. And these moments enrich your career.
#JOB WITH SOCIAL INTERACTIONS
Journalists usually go from one event to another so you are always surrounded by people and you meet a lot of new people. You can exchange ideas, experiences, and also a lot of necessary information. You are becoming a better journalist in this environment.
# WIDE RANGE OF JOBS
Journalism provides a lot of different possibilities. You have a wide range of jobs you can do. For example, you can work in social media agencies as a social media manager, but at the same time as a PR specialist in PR agencies. If you prefer to work in the media, here is also a lot of different jobs – for example being video journalist, radio journalist, or working in the printed media. Also, you can write columns or create your web portal. As a journalist, you can cover a lot of different fields – investigative journalism, sports journalism, fashion journalism, business journalism, tourism journalism, gastronomy journalism, political journalism, or international relations journalism.
#CREATE YOUR OWN BUSINESS
If you have an idea, you can start your own business in journalism. If you have a good strategic plan, it’s up to you if you will open your public relations agency, your web portal, or your production.
# IT’S HARD TO PLAN ANYTHING
You can never plan anything – You never know what will happen and where you will have to go on an interview or something, so it’s hard to have time for yourself. Often it’s difficult to make some serious plans in your private life because you often don’t have working hours. Sometimes you work 2 hours per day, sometimes it’s up to 12 hours per day, depends on the situation. Working hours are not fixed so you can’t plan your day or something.
Lots of the journalists live from one day to another – In journalism replacement of cadres is very often. You can easily get fired. Depends on the country and of the media, but often salaries are not good. It’s hard to speak about this because it’s a relative term, but I’m saying about Croatia for example – journalists are not so appreciated in society and it’s hard to get a good salary.
# HARD TO FIND BALANCE BETWEEN PRIVATE LIFE AND JOB
It’s hard to balance your private life with the job. Often it’s hard to keep your private life, family, and job balanced. If you are a reporter in the field, you are often not at home. Also, it can be very difficult if you have small children.