A Journalist writes or provides reporting on events, facts, and people. Typically, because of time or subject sensitivity, journalists must research, write, and revise content in a short time frame.
Journalist often have degrees in journalism, english, communications or political science. But these are not strict requirements.
Journalists can be reporters, correspondents, broadcasters, or news men and women who provide content in print, on the Web, radio, or television. Journalists may also find themselves in dangerous situations, such as reporting in war torn areas or countries where freedom of speech is not supported, at active crime scenes, or in extreme weather events.
These writers and researchers are talented communicators, naturally inquisitive, passionate, able to meet tight deadlines, and maintain contacts and leads that will help them uncover news worthy stories. Add to that, a journalism or English degree improves chances for a steady job.
Experience in school writing for the school publications, blogging or doing freelance writing for others is the best way to build up a portfolio used to convince an employer you are a good candidate to hire.
The Society of Professional Journalists site provides information on journalistic ethics, resources, training webinars, and career guidance.
The Newseum provides several interactive exhibits, and is dedicated to free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment; religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.