Music Journalists


Overview

Music Journalists

Introduction

Music journalists report on the latest music releases and public performances of all genres. Their work appears in print and online newspapers and magazines, or is used in radio or television broadcasts. They work on periodical staffs or as freelance writers. The Department of Labor does not have specific data for music journalists, but provides information on reporters and correspondents, as well as writers, all of which have similar tasks and skills. There are approximately 42,800 reporters and correspondents, and 123,200 writers ...

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Median Salary

$41,260

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Writing/editing experience required


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

There are great variations in the earnings of music journalists. Salaries are related to experience, the type and size of media outlet for which the writer works, and geographic location.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary for reporters was $41,260 in May 2018. The lowest paid 10 percent of these workers earned $23,490 or less per year, while the highest paid 10...

Work Environment

Music journalists have sometimes glamorous jobs, getting tickets to sold-out shows, hearing new albums before they are released to the public, or interviewing popular rock stars, bands, and other musicians. However, these reporters work under a great deal of pressure in settings that differ from the typical business office. Their physical surroundings range from private offices to noisy, crowde...

Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that employment of reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts will decline by 10 percent through 2028, due to the continued consolidation of magazines and newspapers and resulting budget and staff cuts. Specialty writers such as music journalists, however, may experience better employment opportunities due to their expertise and kn...

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