Journalism ranks high up on the list of most exciting careers – in my biased opinion at least. As a journalism student here at Montclair State University, I could not imagine doing anything else.
Whether it be an interview for a media class or writing a news story for The Montclarion, bringing attention to important matters is a very rewarding aspect of being a student journalist. The thrill of seeking a story to cover is something I have never experienced before.
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to be a writer. In middle and high school, I was confident in my future, knowing what I wanted to do with the rest of my life in my career.
Choosing journalism as a college major pushes you out of your comfort zone and forces you to confront not only the issue you are covering, but the insecurities you may have about yourself.
Being a shy and introverted person, I had to push myself to contact those I need to interview for a story. The reward of doing so was seeing my name printed in the newspaper with a story underneath.
Journalists write for newspapers, magazines and websites. I find the research and gathering of information to be the most exciting aspect of journalism. The process, although sometimes tedious, is worth it when you see your name and hard work in print.
Being a journalist is imperatively shining a light in the dark places and bringing attention to people, events and places that affect society. Soft news, based on entertainment, provides readers with brief relief from everyday life. Hard news is the important news that affects people, society or the world on a larger scale.
Getting involved with the university newspaper, The Montclarion, was an important part of my journey as a student journalist. Here, I pitch stories that I am interested in and the deadlines force me to manage my time in a productive way. I believe involvement like this gives aspiring journalists a taste of the real deal.
College can be a confusing time for many who do not know which career path they wish to take. Journalism is a career that is not easy by any means, but offers countless rewards. Anybody who enjoys bringing positive change to the world would benefit by considering studying journalism.
Moreover, if you do not know what career path you wish to take, I highly recommend trying your hand at writing and becoming a journalism student. The possibilities are endless and soon you will feel the satisfaction that comes with being the voice for the voiceless.