What Do Journalists Do on a Daily Basis?

Although a journalist will often spend a good portion of their day in front of a computer writing, they also have to be out in the field, going to events, covering stories, and interviewing people. It is a fast-paced environment in which the work is regularly done on tight deadlines. There are several different types of journalists and specialties which can impact work pressure and schedules. For example, “hard news” journalists have less-structured hours since news is happening every day and needs to be covered continuously, even on nights and weekends. Journalists who cover content like food and culture will have more schedule regularity and flexibility. Music journalists review albums, report on music news, interview musicians, and attend concerts. An average day for most journalists will mainly involve time spent behind a computer, researching and writing stories.