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Become A Music Journalist

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A staff writer at the daily newspaper covers country and hip-hop; public radio reporter curates artist-discovery series; alt-weekly freelancer follows the town's local Rock scene; and a heavy metal blogger scours the underground for new talent. There is no one-size-fit-all description of a music journalist's job, but ut there is one thing all music journalists spend a great deal of time doing: listening. Whatever their angle, all music journalists aim to absorb, analyze, and evaluate artist's work and its place in culture. At one point, that meant desk overflowing with CDs, but now it means good Wi-Fi connection and a burning desire to listen to, talk about, and write about music. Most of my workday is spent on the computerlistening to new releases, researching, reporting, emailing publicists, and writing. And speaking of publicists, they are vital players in the music journalist's life: gatekeepers who can green light interview, send advance links to hotly anticipated album, confirm juicy story, and approve media credentials for showor not. For music journalist, c ultivating good relationships is almost as important as good writing habits; both are vital to meeting deadlines, which are often tight and arrive at all hours. Music journalists are frequently out at night seeing bands, and they sometimes travel for work; those who land job or assignment writing for prestigious outlets such as Rolling Stone or New York Times often have access to prominent artists and major eventsconducting, interviews with stars, attending Grammys, or scoring wristband for VIP lounge at Coachella. The vast majority, however, work for smaller publications, translating their passion for music into wordswhich, is no small task! As famous saying go, writing about music is like dancing about architecture. There's no hard-and-fast career path for music journalist. Some journalists have advanced degrees, but just as many do not. The truth is that making it in this career is about working hard, putting oneself out there, and getting lucky in equal measureand today more so than ever before. Many traditional music journalism outlets have gone under or shifted to online-only platforms, such as SPIN magazine. Add to that the contraction of the journalism industry as a whole, and full-Time employment prospects at print newspapers and magazines have shrunken dramatically. However, opportunities abound online and for freelancers who choose to work as digital content producers, albeit without as much job security and for lower pay. The best way to break into music journalism is to do music journalism. Aspirants should immerse themselves in the local scene, write up shows, and send their work to the arts editor at local paper or alternative weekly. Reviews of newly released music should be email on spec meaning without knowing if work will be published or pay forto music websites and blogs like Pitchfork, Stereogum, and Consequence of Sound. Alternatively, one can also start a blog as a way to self-publish, create a portfolio, and boost visibility.

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Music Journalism Career Information

Journalism isnt like medicine or law, where a specific degree is a stone-cold prerequisite, write NPRs Stephen Thompson in his piece, How Do You Break Into Music Journalism? Professional journalist, artist, and educator Jason King agrees. There are many paths to becoming that kind of writer, he say, including the path of attending any university program that has heavy emphasis on improving and honing writing and critical thinking skills. King, associate professor and director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies program at NYUs Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, encourages students interested in pursuing Music Journalism to look for programs that offer a holistic approach. A well-round curriculum allows you to become very well informed about Music History as well as music making and production process, and about the music industry itself.

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Cons

Journalists are constantly under deadline. When stories happen, news outlets are motivated to be first ones on scene, first ones to report the story, first ones to get that key interview-and that put tremendous pressure on the entire news team to deliver effective, non-bias, truthful reports quickly. Reporters must move quickly and analyze information on the fly, all while dealing with interviewees who may have just undergone serious trauma or financial disaster. If you want to understand the definition of stress, walk into the newsroom minutes after a major news story breaks.

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Music Critic Career Information

Degree LevelThere is no formal education requirement for a Music Critic. Over two-thirds of the metropolitan music critics were music majors in college. Many have a Bachelor's degree. Some Critics have a Master's degree.
Degree FieldMusic, Journalism, Music Theory
ExperienceSome experience is typically required
Key SkillsKnowledge of music. Writing abilities
Median Salary (2017)$40,910 per year : Reporters correspondents Most reporters and correspondents work for newspaper, website, or periodical publishers
Median Salary (2017)$61,820 per year : Writers and Authors Writers and authors develop written content for various types of media, books, magazines and blogs.

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Salary

On average, music journalists earn approximately 40 700 per year. The salary range for Music Journalists runs from 26 000 to 76 000. Earnings can be made in many different ways, depending on the writer's status and publication. Blanco say, some sites don't pay, but you can get clips so you get paid work. Sometimes Journalist will make dollar per word. Other times, writer will get {matheq}50-{endmatheq} 150 for review and {matheq}100-{endmatheq} 500 for feature. Writers can also be paid hourly wages or be on salary. Establish Writers with well-know names can earn more, of course.

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Career Path

You certainly dont need an advanced graduate degree to become a Music Journalist, explain King. It can help you to become more informed, or it can even help you to get a certain type of job, but it isnt norm and it isnt require. Some students choose Journalism at graduate level to gain experience they didnt receive as undergraduates, to more thoroughly hone their writing and reporting skills, or because theyve changed career paths. At graduate level, there are more niche programs tailored to Music and / or Arts Journalism. Ashley Eady originally set out to become an orchestral clarinetist. She earned her BM Degree in 2014 from Vanderbilt University As Double major in Music Performance and French. But after graduation, she reevaluate her career path and decided to pursue Arts Journalism. Since I didnt have a ton of journalistic experience coming out of college, I figure going to grad school would be a smart option to gain that experience, she say. Eady decided on University of Southern Californias Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, which offers an MA in Specialized Journalism. She received her masters, finished her summer internship at Wrap, TV / film / entertainment website, and freelances while looking for jobs in radio or music criticism. Jeremy Reynolds was in a similar position after graduating from Oberlin Conservatorys Double Degree Program, with a BA in English Literature and BM in Clarinet. Rather than pursue an orchestral career, he decided to apply to a mix of Journalism and Arts administration graduate programs before deciding on masters in Arts Journalism at Syracuse Universitys SI Newhouse School of Public Communications. He went on to freelance for numerous publications before landing a job as classical music critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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