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Journalism jobs are going the way of the chimney sweep

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With every TAFE and university running courses in journalism or communications or media you would think there were a million jobs out there.

The truth is that the expert journalists are going the way of the chimney sweep.

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The market for full time journalists has just got worse. 180 experienced, first class journalists at Australian Associated Press are to finish up at the end of June.

Media companies are no longer subscribing to high quality news sources when there is so much free material available. I heard Hugh Rimmington say that there were more podcasters in Melbourne than baristas!! 63

Anyone can write a blog, film TikTok posts and YouTube videos.

It may not be fancy, but it’s cheap.

Before you decide to spend your next 3 years on an exciting journalism/communications/ media course, check JobOutlook to assess how long it will take to get a job and earn enough to pay back your course fees.

When you have done that, start your blog, start taking photos, start writing scripts and do free online courses to teach yourself about the industry.


….talk to your career advisor before you decide to compete for jobs with the 180 outstanding, experienced AAP journalists who are about to start looking for jobs in a diminishing job market. 

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Author: Bev Johnson

A fantastic careers teacher may have changed my life. I've spent my career going from job to job. After washing cars and working in bars I went into marketing. I then became an English teacher. Teaching has been the foundation for a lot of my career. I went into TAFE where I designed participation programs, then into HR, then developed training programs for industry.  I taught e-commerce and developed systems to make it easier for organisations to work together. I kept going for scholarships and going back to uni along the way. At one time I became a world expert on collaboration frameworks, and discovered it was tricky having a conversation about THAT with anyone I knew!! I now focus on delivering information that helps careers teachers to be fantastic. You can tap into my expertise by subscribing to my newsletter. Contact me at or M: 0434056412

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