``If you don’t want to change the world, don’t be a journalist``
Jane Rhead CBE
Do you have what it takes?
That quote from Jane Reed CBE, a former magazine editor, publisher and Director of Corporate Affairs at News International, is all the more relevant today. Even though our modern media seems so trivia-driven – it is still possible to bring about change for the better in society by getting your thoughts and beliefs published in newspapers, magazines and websites or broadcast on TV and radio.
So obviously you’d need to be a great writer then? Not necessarily. You do of course need a firm grasp on the ‘tools’ of your trade – grammar, punctuation, spelling – but in many situations, like fashion or beauty writing, the ability to write a hard hitting headline or a catchy caption is what’s required rather than prose for posterity.
There are other equally important must-have qualities that journalists need: