Would journalists recommend a journalism career path in 2021?
By Phoebe-Jane Boyd
18 Dec 2020
Working in journalism in 2020 has perhaps been harder than any other year in the profession. With the continuing move from print to digital, editorial teams getting smaller and the impact of COVID-19 on industries across the globe, finding employment, securing commissions and creating meaningful work has been a challenge.
Would those who have chosen a journalism career still recommend it?
Throughout the year, we’ve been speaking to journalists working across broadcast, national newspapers, monthly magazines and online outlets to hear about their experiences – here’s how five of them answered the question: ‘would you still recommend a journalism career?’
JJ Anisiøbi, deputy digital content director role at OK! online.
I would recommend journalism if they have a passion for it, not if they’re doing it for recognition and a secure career. In my 16 years in the industry I have gone from intern to deputy director, but my mates who work in sales and recruitment have been earning four times my salary for a while. I became a journalist because I wanted to write about my interests – fashion and music – and now I want to use my position to help more people like me get into this industry. Print journalism is on the decline and digital journalism is hard to monetise. Graduates need to think long and hard about what they really want.’
absolutely recommend it. It may not make you rich (though, it may) but it opens
you up to the world in a way that few other jobs can. The experiences it offers
can be incredible. Plus, it’s all a lot easier now we’re rid of the magnetic
tape splices and primitive desktop publishing suites I learnt on! Just be
prepared – the job has changed. It’s not just about whether you can write
anymore – you’ve got to be a dab hand with a CMS, and have some knowledge of
SEO. The hardest thing to accept is that your piece as written might need to be
tweaked, just to please Google. Once you can do that, it’s the best career you
can ask for.’
definitely would recommend journalism as a prospective career path especially
if you enjoy telling stories. There are various different sectors within
journalism that one could get into, be it print, online or broadcast. I think
that there is loads of scope for people to use their skills to further excel
within the industry and if it’s something they enjoy doing, they should go for
it. Journalism is essentially about storytelling and I think it’s important
that we have people from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life telling
Read the interview here to learn about Tasnim’s
Campaign for Better Representation and Diversity in the UK Media and her first
on-air assignment for STV News.
Miller, freelance journalist
is a wonderful profession. But I wouldn’t say it’s a good career choice for a
lot of people in 2020. Salaries outside a few big media outfits have utterly
failed to keep track with inflation from when I quit my last salaried job as an
editorial manager back in 2000, and freelance rates have been slashed
relentlessly by many outlets for years. Add publishers who ask people to write
content for nothing/pittances in exchange for ‘exposure’. Which is why, alas,
so many people in journalism today are from wealthy backgrounds. That is
Read the full interview for Norman’s thoughts on
whether traditional qualifications are still important in journalism and how
editorial teams should welcome and retain more writers with disabilities.
Richard Frost, editor at TOPHOTELNEWS
really passionate about working in the media, so yes I’d definitely recommend
it to others!
‘I’ve been fortunate enough to try my hand at all sorts of
things down the years from journalism, copywriting and proofreading to copy
editing, PR and social media marketing, but the one constant throughout has
been writing – that’s what I love most. Specifically, I get a real buzz out of
researching subjects or interviewing people and then writing up my notes in a
way that hopefully helps inform and entertain readers.’
Read the interview for Richard’s take on what
will likely be the longest-lasting impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the
hospitality and travel industry (and the media that covers it).