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Want to be a Travel Journalist? Know Scopes, Perks And More | Deets Inside

If you are someone who loves globetrotting, and want to turn that into a career, then here we tell you how to do it. Read on for more details.
India.com Education Desk ● Updated: June 22, 2021 11:11 pm | Edited By: Nivedita R
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Are you one of those who is fascinated by Bunny’s (Ranbir Kapoor) job in Yeh Jawani hai Deewani? A globetrotter who wishes to run, fly, fall but never stop. Well, it is a dream-come-true for a lot many people who get to travel around the world and get paid for it too. However, not all that glitters is gold! More often than not, travel journalism is hard work and the pay isn’t always great either. So, if you still want to know what it takes to be a travel journalist, then read on.

Well, a travel journalist is someone who travels to different places, explores them, studies about their culture then writes about it. This field of journalism, as such, has its own challenges. As we mentioned, if you’ve got a passion to travel and are able to compromise on monetary terms only then you can think of making an entry into this career. There are tons of things which you’ll need to plan before signing your job letter that needs you to travel.

Hence, in a bid to help you make an informed decision, we’ve compiled a list of scopes, courses, eligibility criteria and more to make your way through this industry. Check them out.

Scope of travel journalism

  • The travel journalism field offers plenty of opportunities for travel reporters or writers.
  • Other than the newspapers or general news magazines, radio and television channels that regularly feature travel stories or issues related to the travel industry, there are many specialist magazines, television channels that only cover the travel beat.
  • The OTT platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix and likewise also have started to focus on travel and culture programmes and documentaries.
  • Besides, there are also many print and digital news channels/magazines that cover travel stories or dedicate an entire section to such news stories. There are magazines that are entirely dedicated to Travel.

Courses that you can pursue if you want to become a travel journalist

Do you need any formal degree to be a travel journalist? Well, it definitely helps. A course in mass communication or journalism will help you find out how to process information and switch that into media products. Such course will help you to pitch ideas, learn the reporting techniques and hone your skills in writing. In fact, you would even be well-versed with the ethics of reporting which is extremely important in your practice of journalism—in whichever field.

  • The journalism course will give you exposure to the nuances of working of the media industry and help you choose the medium in which you want to work—print, electronic or digital.
  • If you’re interested to become a travel journalist, as mentioned earlier, you want to have a passion for exploring places and a keen interest in history and cultural studies.
  • In addition, if you arm yourself with a degree in journalism—it will be just an icing on the cake.

Travel journalism is not just about describing a place or an event (that the brochures anyway do) but goes much more beyond that. It involves an in-depth reporting, with proper sources and good amount of background research.

What are the qualities needed to become a good travel journalist?

  • Travel journalism is often considered an interesting course to pursue but clearly it is pretty demanding too. To be an honest travel journalist, one must have a passion to get on the go (obviously!).
  • He or she must be keen to explore new places and willing to adapt to the challenges that the journeys may throw up.
  • Most importantly, as a reporter, he/she must have an honest news sense or ‘nose for news’ and therefore the ability to smell out good angles to write down their stories.
  • He/she must be observant and have an aptitude for research too—to understand the culture and importance of the places they visit, find the hidden gems or insider information.
  • He/she must have the ability to write well—to produce engaging copy, filled with fascinating insights.
  • At the end of the day, the travel journalist must be an honest story teller.

(By Apoorva Girdhar)

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