Journalism Career Specialties

Journalism Career Specialties

Writer

Aspiring writers have the gift of choice ahead of them. There are seemingly limitless numbers of print and electronic mediums that require writers, including newspapers, magazines, the Internet, journals, advertising agencies, and more. Some of the specializations writers can make include:

  • Art: Art writers cover local and national art news that might include fine art, literature, and music. Coverage might detail the happenings at museums, galleries, libraries, clubs, and concerts.
  • Business: Business writers prepare communication pieces for corporations, such as newsletters, web content, and brochures. These duties often fall under marketing or public relations activities, more information about which can be found at our partner site, BusinessSchools.com. Business writers also cover the business world at large for magazines, newspapers, and other media.
  • Copy: Copywriters write persuasive content for advertising or promotional materials. Copywriters must be very creative. They often work for advertising agencies. More information about careers in advertising can be found at our partner site, AdvertisingSchools.com.
  • Creative: Creative writers write original pieces for publication and/or performance. This could include novels, plays, poetry, television scripts, and more. Entertainment: Entertainment writers cover celebrities, movies, music, events, and more, at both national and local levels.
  • Science/Medical: Scientific or medical writers translate complex scientific and medical data and research into language that can be easily read and understood by the general public. Sports: Sports writers write pieces for publication in newspapers, magazines, and web sites, or scripts for sporting event-related broadcasts.
  • Technical: Similar to science writers, technical writers translate difficult technical language into readable instruction manuals, catalogs, and other materials that are read by the general public.

Editor

Editors have final say over published materials and make decisions with regards to content, layout, and publication process. Some specialized editing positions include:

  • Associate: Associate editors are responsible for various sections of a publication, such as the arts section of a magazine. They work directly with writers, ensuring that written materials are up to par and that the writing team is meeting assigned deadlines.
  • Copy: Copyeditors review written materials for correct grammar, accurate facts, and consistent style and flow.
  • Editor-in-Chief: Editors-in-chief are responsible for the overall publication. They develop ideas for content, supervise other editors and writers, and ensure everyone is working in tandem to produce a solid product on time. The editor-in-chief has ultimate say in what is published and what is not.
  • Managing: Managing editors oversee the entire publication process from content to budgets to deadlines. They make decisions with regard to layout of editorial and advertising content and ensure the final product comes together in an organized, timely fashion.

Photojournalist

Photojournalists convey a story through photographs. Their job is to capture a moment, or moments, that most accurately reflect the story it will accompany, though often, a photo will be charged with telling a story on its own. More information about a photojournalism career can be found in an interview with a professional photojournalist at our partner site, PhotographySchools.com.

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