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Columnist Job Description

A columnist is someone who writes a regular column for a newspaper, magazine or website. A columnist may be an expert in the field they write about or just someone who uses their personal feelings or information obtained through research to write articles. The main difference between them and an ordinary news reporter is that they have more freedom to express their personal opinion when talking over an issue.

A columnist should be enthusiastic, perceptive, methodical, persistent, determined and approachable, and have the ability to motivate, stay current and generate a steady stream of new ideas. They should be able to communicate effectively and very knowledgeable on the subjects they write about to charm their readers and keep them coming back for more.

What does a Columnist do?

Columnists may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Columnists may work long or irregular hours to meet deadlines. Some columnists work on a freelance basis, writing articles for whoever pays them.

What is Required to Become a Columnist?

To become a columnist, a degree in language, journalism or a related discipline is helpful. Getting a job in this field as a fresh graduate may be a little bit difficult, as most media houses would prefer working with experienced columnists.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Columnists need to have:


Alternative Careers

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