Career Options for Workers in Writing and Photography
Gone are the days of movie characters wearing a press pass in the band of his fedora, a camera hanging around his neck and holding a notepad and a well-worn pencil. These photojournalists are a dying breed, but the field of writing/photography still lives through some print and digital mediums. Below is a list of career options for prospective writers and photographers.
|Job Title||Median Salary (2017)*||Job Growth (2014-2024)**|
|Newspaper Photojournalist||$37,728||-41% (for all newspaper photographers)|
|Reporter||$39,418||-9% (for all reporters, correspondents and broadcast news analysts)|
|Magazine Writer||$57,800**||2% (for all writers & authors in newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishing)|
|Graphic Designer||$42,057||21% (for all computer systems designers)|
Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Career Information for Writers/Photographers
Newspaper journalists are expected to know photography as they spend much of their time covering various events including interviews, press conferences, protests and other news events. Photojournalists are expected to get the shots while preparing copy to meet publishing deadlines. Journalists are expected to have a bachelor's degree in journalism, however, many places do accept degrees in other related fields.
Reporters can work for in variety of different regions, countries or businesses. Some reporters work as freelancers or for companies. They may work overseas in war regions, politically volatile countries or covering major groundbreaking local events. A bachelor's degree in communications or journalism is typically required for this line of work.
Although newspapers may be dying out, magazines are still popular in many regions and are venturing into online viewership. Writers may need to work in specific genres like science, western architecture, or women's interests where they can utilize internet research to go with their on-site investigation. Magazine writers usually hold an undergraduate degree in journalism and any job specific experience is helpful.
As the internet continues to expand, graphic designers need to know how to write strong copy and use digital photography in their web creations for clients. Graphic designers work closely with clients or a sales team to meet deadlines and creativity goals to produce an online product that brings users to their site. These professionals may start with bachelor's degrees, but the best carry years of experience and keep up with the changes in the digital field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, technical writers can be well compensated for their work. Technical writers break down complex information into terms the average reader can understand. Those with photography experience are needed for brochures, how-to manuals, and maintenance instructions as pictures are often needed to help explain the copy. Technical writers need a writing degree, but they also need technical experience in other related fields such as science, medicine and computers.
An editor must usually start with a bachelor's degree in English, communications or journalism, along with years of writing and proofreading experience. Editors take charge helping writers with story ideas and assignments; they discuss photo ideas with staff; and work tirelessly to clean up copy, correct grammar and make text readable. They also are often tasked with selecting photos or illustrations while working for newspapers, magazines and web sites.