If you are one of those who have always dreamt of being a reporter or journalist and to pursue your dream have taken up journalism then the next right step is to take up a newspaper job. But one may not be aware of the fact that there are numerous jobs within the newspaper field that has to be fulfilled to get a newspaper that people are interested want to read. So, here is an insight on the major types of newspaper jobs that one can go for.
The reporter is a backbone of a newspaper and such a person conducts interviews, finds leads, gathers information and explores a story idea which then forms the articles in the newspaper. There is a range of subjects that a reporter may cover such an opinion column, sports, breaking news and so on. For this post mass communications degrees with a good grasp on storytelling and English as well as experience is needed to qualify. They usually have to work on tight deadlines under the newspaper editor.
The newspaper also has a team of qualified photojournalists who are responsible to bring photo material, film video for the concerned newspaper. In other words photojournalist is a visual storyteller. In some newspaper journalists and photographer are the same person while in some they work with the journalists. They also have to deal with image editing and even manage the photo database of the newspaper.
The editor in the newspaper industry is responsible of the editorial policy and staff. He or she gives the theme for the newspaper and guides head of different department like production, circulation, advertising relating to the editorial issues. Large publications also have subordinate editors that make decisions within a department.
Then there are various other departments such as circulation department that deals with selling and distributing the newspaper. It is the responsibility of this department to know what the readers want and how much they are ready to pay for it. Apart from this, there is advertising department which is the main source of revenue for the newspaper. They help customers to achieve their sales goals by formulating a strong marketing plan. One thing that you need to remember is that these departments is not related to only journalism and includes different educational background such as accounting, sales, marketing, management and so on.
Once have found out which of the various newspaper jobs you are interested in, it is time to know how to go about it. Firstly, like in any other field in the newspaper too, you need to ensure that you have the right credentials. Depending on the kind of job get a bachelor’s degree in English or journalism, associate’s degrees with relevant experience. Then check your local newspaper or even call their human resources department to inquire about job openings. If you want to improve your resume you can even go for freelancing writing jobs in local publication company or a local newspaper till you get a full time job. You can even make use of your computer skills to your advantages as it is being found that writing online will become journalism of the future.