Being a journalist has its perks – they usually don’t include job security or salary – but there are perks. Journalists often have the privilege of interviewing famous or interesting people, and generally are allowed to travel to exotic and diverse places for their jobs. Here are just a few examples of journalists who were assigned incredible stories that allotted great perks.
Eells landed every 13-year-old girl’s dream job - he had the privilege or interviewing Taylor Swift. As you flip through Rolling Stone, reading The Reinvention of Taylor Swift, it’s hard not to become increasingly jealous of all of the quality time Eells got to spend with America’s favourite country-gone-pop star. Not only did he get a tour of Swift’s new home in The Big Apple, he also scored quality Taylor-time in Central Park, complimentary iced-coffee provided by Swift herself, and introduction to her two cats, Meredith and Olivia. If that’s not the job assignment of a lifetime, we don’t know what is.
This lucky journalist has had the privilege of exploring exotic and uncharted corners of the globe, thanks to the seasoned finesse and artistry of her travel writing. She’s found herself sitting on barstools in some of Ireland’s favourite pubs, exploring Spain in search of the perfect paella, travelling down the Rio San Juan into Nicaragua’s rain forest, and even trekking across the Australian Outback covering stories for journals such as The Times, CNN Traveller, Daily Mail, and many other publications.
Rayner relishes in thefact that he gets to eat for a living. As a food critic for The Guardian, Jay indulges in heaping servings of smoked mackerel salad, deep fried kale, and banana parfaits as ‘homework’, before reviewing the food and venues of some of London’s top restaurants. Is there a downside to this job? If it comes with a gym membership, we sure can’t think of one.
If you’re a sports fan, you’ll surely wish you could walk a mile in Bob’s cleats. The ABC News anchor had the privilege of covering last year’s FIFA World Cup. Woodruff reported on cultural and social stories, and focused on the impact of the event on South America’s economy.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to follow in these guys footsteps, a journalism course could be the first step you are looking for. With plenty of options available, what are you waiting for?
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