Have an Answer?
Brent D. Wistrom
One good sign is that you're already out there asking questions. If you have questions about something (from politics to punk rock), and you're not able to find satisfying answers in existing publications, that's the first step. You're curious. If you have the desire to talk to people and conduct research to answer those questions, you've got the reporting bug. And, if after finding answers, you have the desire to share them in a clear and interesting way, you have what it takes to make it as a journalist. Additionally, you'll need that hunger for answers and urge to write to continue. You'll have to be willing to push your boundaries by sometimes talking to intimidating people, challenging their ideas and actions and responding to criticism after your work is published. You have a lot of time to learn, and the journalism community is typically quick to help out whenever you run into problems.
What's your desire to become one? It all matters how bad you want it. How much time and energy you put in will get noticed and pay off. If you're not really feeling it, maybe it's not the thing for you.
I would recommend becoming involved in any and every writing activity you can= writing for websites, for your city's local newspaper, for online companies, ect. Writing is hard and requires discipline but it is worth the results. Set aside at least an hour each day to write. Also, journal when you wake up to get your creativity flowing.
Just like any other job, writing jobs have deadlines. Allow the proper time to finish your work. Do not procrastinate. Always strive to be your best. Make outlines (if necessary) and review your work before submitting. Keep searching for as many writing opportunities as you can and don't give up! Remember, a writer has the right to fail so keep giving it your all.