Job description:

Journalists are the links between what important events are happening in the world and us, the consumers. Journalists operate on tight schedules and between writing reports in the news room to capturing events in words and conducting interviews, they are always riding on the thrill of the news wave. Journalism requires a good grasp of the English language with a natural ability to express oneself well.

Yearly salary:

R61 000-R271 000


Journalists write about everything and anything that is newsworthy, so whatever field you are interested in you can choose to pursue in writing. Here are a few examples of the most popular specializations in journalism: Reporter, editor, travel journalism, science journalism, historical journalism, fashion journalism, environmental journalism, arts journalism, investigative journalism

Job security and demand:

The demand for journalists is very difficult to judge because it is extremely dependent on the type of field you are working in your knowledge of the field you are reporting on. The best way to secure yourself financially in the profession is to become employed by a monthly/weekly publication.

Working hours and environment:

Journalists work under high-pressure conditions and strict deadlines. This environment can be both thrilling and demanding; depending on the way you choose to manage your stress level and your time. A good story doesn’t always materialize during working hours, so prepare yourself for receiving late night duty calls. Journalists work in a variety of places and are mostly on the move, from story to story, then reporting back to the news room, so you will need to be flexible with your hours. In general, journalists about work 8 hours a day.

How long does it take to qualify?

3 years

Where can I study?

University of Cape Town, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Free State, Rhodes University, University of Johannesburg, University of Witwatersrand, North-West University, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Fort Hare, University of Limpopo, University of South Africa, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Venda, University of Zulu-land

Funding Your Studies

The sad reality is that you have to pay for tertiary education and it is very expensive 🙁 Luckily there are many options out there, read our article “Funding Your Studies”  to find out all the info regarding bursaries, student loans and government grants.

Something extra

If you are decking where to study journalism, you should seriously consider Rhodes University. They specialize in English and journalism and have a brilliant reputation for educating some of the best South African and international journalists.



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