I used to hardcore stereotype journalist. Prior to being in college I didn’t know very many and I received the majority of my info about journalist types through news sources, movies, and TV.
A quick breakdown of what I thought journalists were like:
1.) VERY serious
2.) Sometimes sneaky!!
5.) Not really social
I pretty much thought that many journalists only cared about getting the bottom-line, the story of a lifetime, and would do anything to make sure they were able to slam their name on their work and claim it. I imagined many journalists as intimidating beings who posed questions in a clever way so that they could manipulate their interviewee. I really let the movie journalist stereotype get to me.
I could not have been more wrong.I’ve met so many great journalists who are incredibly conversational and really easy to talk to. They admit when they don’t understand something and every one that I have met and either interviewed or been interviewed by never once said something belittling to me.
Through school and work experience I’ve found that my social/conversational personality is really suited for jobs involving journalism and communication. While I am a serious thinker, I do appreciate having interviews in which my interviewees are comfortable. I’ve found that making jokes and talking about things in a casual manner keeps everyone at ease. Often, this approach makes it a lot easier for people to convey their thoughts in a no-pressure situation.
I currently do Public Affairs work and I find that much of the work I do involves interviewing people and writing press releases and/or news stories. I love my job because every day is something different, I get to be in and out of the office so I’m never bored, and most importantly I get to meet new people and learn new things.
I’m super lucky to have been able to find a job I enjoy and one that challenges me as well. I’m also happy I let go of the silly stereotypes I once assumed were true when it came to journalism.
There’s probably a lot more to the field(s) you are interested than you may realize. It’s important to not count yourself out and quit while you’re ahead. I had no idea how much I would enjoy and really thrive in the Public Affairs world. It really suits me.
If someone had told me what I would be doing today several years ago I totally wouldn’t have believed them. I would have thought I wasn’t a good enough fit for this type of job. It doesn’t hurt to give things a shot and it’s OK to prove yourself wrong!