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Multimedia Journalist


What do multimedia journalists do?

Multimedia journalists gather information, write stories, make broadcasts and use social media to keep the public informed about current affairs and events that are happening in the world.

The best definition of multimedia journalism is the process of combining text, images, sound, videos and graphics, to tell an interesting story. Multimedia journalists often work for newspapers, radio or television stations or use computers in social media areas. They sample animations, data, video, graphics and audio in multimedia. Multimedia journalism is used extensively in almost all fields today. Multimedia journalists read documents, observe events and interview people. They take notes, tape interviews and verify information about stories they are working on. They often use video cameras, sound systems and editing equipment to broadcast their thinking on specific stories which are in the news or are part of a specific story they are working on. They sometimes solicit public comment through the use of social media like Twitter or Facebook.

Sometimes multimedia journalists specialize in one area, for example local news, world news, sports or weather. They may also specialize in one area of work: for example, they may work for a television station and direct their energy to this job. There are many avenues that a multimedia journalist could take to work on the craft. Regardless of the specific job area, multimedia journalists job is to inform the public through well-scripted stories or to seek the pulse of the people through social media.


What tasks does a multimedia journalist perform?

The tasks performed vary greatly with the job that the person holds. There are, however some tasks that are necessary regardless of position. The multimedia journalist should be able to carry out website designing using the appropriate content and should be fluent in writing news reports, emails and bulletins. The industry of multimedia is about teamwork as everyone is dependent on each other for proper functioning of the project. As technology advances so will multimedia, Multimedia journalists:

  • Gather information and investigate leads. Read documents, observe events and interview people.

  • Tell whatever support people the journalist is working with what is needed to do to make the story interesting to the public.

  • Make sure that the information they use is accurate.

  • Write stories about whatever topic they are working on. Edit the stories.

  • Make stories available to the public through multiple medias: newspapers, television, radio and the Internet.

  • Study the pulse of the people though social media.

  • Use computers to write, transmit and display stories to the public. Also use computers in social media areas.

  • Be able to create a website.

  • Think creatively.

  • Organize and prioritize activities through planning.

  • Analyze information and data and check the accuracy of it.


What skills and abilities must a multimedia journalist possess?

Multimedia media journalists must be able to communicate their ideas clearly regardless of the genre in which they are working. They need to listen to others and to speak and write clearly.

They need to be problem solves and thinkers. They need to see not only the pieces of a story but also the big picture. They need to look at the history of an event, the current status and the future of it. They then need to efficiently do their work

They need to be able to have good people skills.


How do I get ready to become a multimedia journalist?

According to national data for news analysts, reporters and correspondents, 60 percent of journalists have a bachelor’s degree in journalism. (From Ohio Career Information System, This means that high school students should take courses that will help them to get this degree. The courses that would be of help are economics, political science, business, computer applications, public speaking and writing courses should be taken. It would be wise to take radio or television courses if they are offered at your school. These same courses would be helpful in college.

Working for your school’s newspaper or broadcasting area would be helpful in either in high school or college. Internships with your local stations, newsrooms or tech facility are also helpful.


How much does this job pay?

Because this is a relatively new field, it is difficult to find an average salary for a multimedia journalist. Jobs in multimedia journalism offer a pay package of $25,000 to $30,000 and rises with experience and years of service.


How many jobs are there?

About 19 percent of news reporters are self-employed. Over half of all news reporters work for newspapers. (From Ohio Career Information System,

Multimedia jobs in the field of journalism have recently become very popular.


What are similar jobs?

  • Technical writers

  • Video journalist

  • Multimedia editor

  • Multimedia writer

  • Digital reporter

  • News designer

  • Photo journalist

  • Content supervisor

  • Press representative

  • Senior reporter/blogger

  • Multimedia production assistant

  • Multimedia production coordinator

  • Multimedia producer

  • Production researcher

  • Production manager

  • Senior web producer

  • Supervising producer

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