Journalist Skills List

List of Journalist Skills for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews

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Here's a list of journalism skills and qualities for resumes, cover letters, job applications and interviews. Skills will vary based on the position for which you're applying, so also review our list of skills listed by job and type of skill.

Journalist Skills List

A - E

  • Accuracy
  • Active Listening
  • Adaptability
  • Applying Inductive Reasoning in Generating Storylines
  • Applying Specialized Knowledge in Business, Health, Economics, Politics etc. to Stories
  • Asking Tough Questions
  • Assertiveness
  • Business Storytelling
  • Attention to Detail
  • Convincing Editors to Let You Pursue Stories
  • Coping with Deadline Pressure
  • Creating an Effective Social Media Presence to Promote Articles
  • Critical Thinking
  • Curiosity and Voracious Reading
  • Detailed Note Taking
  • Distinguishing Fact from Opinion
  • Editing
  • Establishing Rapport with Others Quickly
  • Evaluating the Legitimacy of Research Studies
  • Extracting Information from Primary Sources

F - N

  • Friendly Demeanor
  • Gauging What will Interest Readers
  • Grammatically Correct Writing
  • Handling Criticism from Editors and Readers
  • High Energy
  • Incorporating the Right Data to Support Storylines
  • Interviewing Experts
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modifying Stories in Light of New Information
  • Multitasking 
  • Networking to Identify Sources
  • Objectivity
  • Organizational
  • Overcoming Objections from Reluctant Sources

P - S

  • Persistence
  • Photography
  • Prioritizing Tasks
  • Proofreading
  • Protecting the Confidentiality of Sources
  • Questioning Witnesses
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reconfirming Facts
  • Reliability
  • Remaining Calm with Agitated Sources
  • Researching Background Information for Stories
  • Social Media
  • Sound Judgement
  • Storytelling
  • Stress Management

T - Z

  • Taking Calculated Risks
  • Detailed Note Taking
  • Taking Initiative
  • Tapping Social Media To Identify Experts 
  • Time Management
  • Typing
  • Utilizing Deductive Reasoning to Guide Research for Stories
  • Verbal Communication
  • Willing to Report Something that Might Hurt Someone
  • Working Odd and Extra Hours
  • Working Independently
  • Writing Concisely
  • Writing Quickly
  • Writing with a Who, What, Where and When Focus

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