What are the Qualities Required to Become a Good Journalist

Like any other profession, journalism too requires certain types of people, not everyone can become a good journalist. There are certain qualities that a person must possess in order to become a good journalist. Some qualities can be worked on, but mostly a certain personality would be more suitable for the high pressure job of a journalist. I have seen a lot of different people in this field, some live up to the image of the conventional journalist that we have in mind, while others are a stark contrast, nevertheless, they are pretty good at their job. So, what qualities does one need to survive in the competitive world of journalism, here is a list:


There is no room for errors in news, a journalist must make sure he gets accurate information. No guesses should be made, all the information should be double checked. As the popular slogan goes, 'Get it first, but first get it right.' A journalist needs to have an eye for detail and accuracy.

In journalism, speed is as important as accuracy. Someone may be a very good writer and may able to write an excellent story in a day. However, a journalist is required to write within the deadline, which may sometimes be not more than 15 minutes. There is always a deadline, if one cannot write in this pressure, then he is definitely not suitable for the job.

Hollywood Studios

There are celebrities who have passed away and seem to have chosen not to leave their studios. Working during the night at some of Hollywood's older movie studios has proven to be a rather interesting experience for some security guards and technicians. One such long time employee said, "I've seen some things here that I wouldn't want to try to explain to anyone!" One such haunted studio is Universal Studios which in the 1930s made films such as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy. In turn these films made stars of men like Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, who began acting in Universal's heyday in the 1920s in films like The Phantom of the Opera. Released in 1925 this film became Chaney's masterpiece and a special stage was constructed, Stage 28 for the filming of this movie. The massive sets of the opera house were so huge that construction on Stage 28 began in 1923 and it has become a permanent fixture on the Universal lot. There are those who say that Lon Chaney has also become a permanent fixture at the studio.

There are visitors and employees to Stage 28, who say that it is haunted. There have been sightings of a man in a black cape who appears to come and go without warning. Those who have gotten a closer look say that the cloaked man is Lon Chaney himself. The man has also been seen running on the catwalks overhead and lights have turned on and off by themselves as well as doors opening and closing on the empty stage at night. Thus, Stage 28 has become a place of legend on the Universal lot.

Culver Studios was started by pioneer filmmaker Thomas Ince, who is considered to be the "Father of the Western". Ince however is remembered more for his scandalous death than for his contribution to the art of filmmaking. Ince died in November of 1924 while celebrating his birthday aboard a yacht owned by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

Types of Drama

How well life and its intricacies are portrayed on a stage through actions and performances of theater actors! This creative art form is renowned throughout the world as drama. It's a means of self expression, where actors showcase their inherent talents on the stage, which is interwoven with other elements like, music, dance, instruments, mikes and lights, to make it more appealing to the audience. Theater and drama are collective terms, and the basic component of the play is a story based on fictional events and characters.

Evolution of drama bears a rich history and it had influences mainly from the Western countries. The theatrical culture emerged from Greece and Athens, thereby creating an impact throughout the world. Classical Athenian drama was succeeded by Roman drama, Medieval, Elizabethan and Jacobean (English renaissance theater), modern and postmodern drama. Different genres of dramas were produced, which gained immense popularity amongst all sections of the society. Worth to note, Asian countries like India, China and Japan also composed dramas that explicitly symbolized their tradition, culture and ethnicity.

Drama was broadly categorized into three different forms, viz. opera, pantomime and creative drama. We explain them in the following points.