Job of a Journalist
Created on April 5, 2022
A presentation by Lisa Müller
1. Why did I choose this job?
2. What are main characteristics of the job?
3. What are typical challenges/difficulties?
4. How is the job market in the US and in general?
5. Differences between the US and Germany
Why did I choose this job?
- Loved to question things since early childhood
- German and English have been my favorite subjects from the very beginning
- Always enjoyed writing stories
- Wanted to be part of the media industry since a young age
- My dream: writing for a huge magazine e.g. New York Times someday
- It´s a job where you travel around the world a lot
Main characteristics of the job
Tasks of a journalist
Present captivating stories to editors
Meet all deadlines for handing in your stories
Review and edit the work until the editors approve it
Always keep yourself up-to-date
Create trustworthy relationships with contacts & sources
Use all your findings and write a clean, concise and on facts-based text
What are typical challenges/difficulties?
Be able to dig for information and not afraid to ask questions that can sometimes be intimidating
You need to deal with rejection & have steadfastness
People sometimes have a pejorative view on it and you need to cope with that
Job market in the US & in general
- Experts say the career provides poor opportunities in the future
- Job growth won´t be huge until 2024
- Improving technology is a big factor
Job market in the US
- Competition has always been quite high and will continue to be so
- Economic upswings & downturns influence the job market
Job market in general
Differences between the US and Germany
Journalism in the US
- You can clearly see the journalist´s opinion
- Sometimes even entire news channels put themselves publicly on one side
- E.g. show political affection towards Donald Trump
Journalism in Germany
- We have the "Öffentlich Rechtlichen"
- All parties need to be included without being judged
- Watching channels like ARD, it is impssible for the viewer to tell which partie the reporter supports
Thanks for your attention!