You are not, and never will be, a “Journalist”

You can study every night, hand in all of your assignments on time, blog until your fingers bleed, and land that amazing, coveted internship gig with the ABC.

You still won’t be a Journalist.


You might be studying a Bachelor of Journalism at university.

You’re still not a Journalist. You’re not even a Journalism student.


You might be enrolled in your degree through the Faculty of Journalism.

Sorry, you’re still not a Journalist. And you’re definitely not a Journalism student.


Sorry guys, but we’re all just peasanty “journalists”, “journalism” students and lovers of “journalism”.

There’s no capital ‘j’ needed. UNLESS you are using the word as a proper noun, for example, if you got published in “Australian Studies in Journalism” (thought that’s rather unlikely, as it’s been defunct since 2007), or became a “Professor of Journalism”, etc.

So let’s stop this madness and bid farewell to unnecessary capitalisation.




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