Writing

Why I Am Not Pursuing Journalism

If I wrote a sentence every time someone thought I wanted to become a journalist, I would have ten novels written. Excluding those I have already written or abandoned. Clearly, fifteen year old me hated commitment.

Now I have nothing against journalists or journalism in general, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it isn’t right for me.

And who knows me better than me?

Let me get this out there so the next time someone points a finger at me and mouths the dreaded words, I’ll redirect them here.

Growing up, I fell in love with writing because I enjoyed the freedom that comes with creativity. There’s responsibility involved in creating art. Regardless, I admire creative people and I respect original thinking. Even though I write non-fiction all the time, creative writing breathes life into me. It’s like having wings and soaring through life. Writing without restrictions or limitations is the equivalent of flying to wherever I want, whenever I want, however I want.

I love writing. I will continue to love it. That doesn’t mean I want to be a journalist. Contrary to popular belief, I’m not in love with journalism. And I refuse to pursue something I’m not passionate about.

8 thoughts on “Why I Am Not Pursuing Journalism

  1. I agree. I thought about majoring in Journalism, but I am glad that I didn’t. But, instead when I got older, I got my MFA in Creative Writing. I am glad I did. I have been writing since I was 15. I don’t need a degree to say that I’m a writer, but it did help me in different avenues. Now, I do write for CNN Ireport ( which anyone can do), so I do dabble in journalism at my leisure. It’s not so bad.

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    1. I thought about doing a major in English for a while, but I don’t think it’s right for me either. Very true. Many writers don’t have a degree in Creative Writing or anything related to it. That’s neat. I can’t handle being a journalist full-time.

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  2. I felt the same way. I felt as though journalism was too restricting. Maybe it would be something you would think of doing down the road, but until then keep your options open.

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  3. I took Broadcast Journalism and enjoyed the cinematic aspect of it, but hated writing for it. It was very dull. If you’re a creative person, you’re probably right that it isn’t a good avenue for you!

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