Job Description

Journalists research, write, edit, proofread and file news stories, features and articles. Their pieces are used on television and radio or within magazines, journals and newspapers, in print and online.

Careers Ladder


To become a Journalist in Australia the most common pathway is to complete a degree in journalism or in a related field with a major in journalism. This is often followed by a cadetship.

Undertake a degree in journalism. This could be a Bachelor of Journalism or a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism). These are typically three-year full time courses, for people over 17 years of age or who have completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index and relevant prerequisites.


  • Approachable
  • Charismatic
  • Competitive
  • Communicator
  • Confident
  • Determined
  • Devoted
  • Focused
  • Inquisitive
  • Insightful
  • Opinionated
  • Organised
  • Passionate

Key Skills

  • Investigation
  • Reports
  • Current events and issues
  • Gathering Information
  • Interviewing
  • Case Studies
  • Produce Content
  • Knowledge of platforms such as news, publications, photographs, video & social media
  • Code of ethics awareness

Future Prospects

There are numerous career pathways for journalists, including working in media law, editing, advertising, marketing, communications, policy or politics.