When you set your mind on going to study journalism, it is common to raise the idea that the area is going through a major crisis, nearly ending, and that the field, restricted, only allows you to work within newsrooms. Or, still, that the only job option is on the TV newscast stand.
But what if we say that they are all misconceptions? The universe around journalism and what activities you can do in the area is bigger than you can ever imagine! Because of that, Her Campus Cásper Líbero prepared a list of 6 journalistic careers outside the newsrooms for you to get to know better. Check them out below!
This one is for those who love photography! The photojournalist is responsible for illustrating the articles, books, documentaries and every other journalistic material. In this area, you are going to be responsible for taking pictures of everyday happenings, big events, celebrities and facts that are going to be in history forever!
You can find your space as a photojournalist inside the classic press or working in digital media, but it is also possible to work alongside advertisers in agencies and, even, as a freelancer.
So, if you are one of those who believe in the capacity of photography to tell a story and change the world, this is the area you belong to!
- Press office
As a press officer, you are going to mediate the relationship between the press and its clients, being the spokesperson to represent their wishes to the public.
You have to elaborate new strategies to take care of your clients’ image, besides understanding your target public’s wishes and handling possible risk situations. Press officers are also responsible for organizing, coordinating and mediating the famous “press conferences”, and for writing press realeses, short journalistic texts to help promoting the image of their clients.
Nowadays, press officers are often found in social media, around influencers and other important personalities, such as soccer players, musicians and actors.
- Social media
Are you a social media freak? If so, you may have found the perfect job for you!
There are many journalists nowadays investing in the social media career, that consists on creating content, catching up with the new trends and communicating with the public through their client's account in social media, like Facebook and Instagram.
It’s one of the areas that are growing the most, and requires a constant professional growth and update about the online world.
- Institutional communication
Also known as business communication, this is one of the areas that a journalist and a public relation can work together!
The main job is to take care of the company's image for its internal and external public. So, the journalist has to elaborate all the communication material of the company, like magazines, newspapers, folders and yearbooks, besides working in the company’s events.
Nowadays, this area gained a lot of space in social media, by creating posts, writing news and making and editing videos to be posted online.
The professional of one of the most known areas, the reporter has to be always connected with the latest news and events, in order to bring to the public what is happening in that day.
For that, he has to search for fonts and characters, investigate the veracity of what just happened, hear different points of view and reunite all of this information to create the reports.
To be a reporter, you have to be able to create thought-provoking stories that can change the life of many people and whole communities. Reporters can be found in newspapers, magazines, radios, sites, literature and television.
- Graphic design
This is for those who are torn between journalism and art! As a graphic designer you are able to fuse these two fascinating worlds, by creating digital illustrations, animations and visual pieces that will accompany the journalistic texts.
Designers are the professionals who will define the format, size and appearance of the pages of newspapers and magazines, choosing colors, fonts, formats and the spatial organization for each journalistic information to reach the public with due attention and aesthetic care. This task is called “editorial design” and allows you to work, also, in book publishers, idealizing book covers and diagramming the pages.
In addition, graphic designers can also work with the internet, creating logotypes, websites, flyers and vignettes for TV or social media channels. So, if you’re an art lover, this job can be a great idea!
If you really want to become a journalist, don’t let these myths discourage you! There is a lot that you can accomplish in this field, and much more that you can learn through your career!
The article above was edited by Helena Cardoso.
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