What does a Technology Journalist do? Skills, Training, and Jobs

By Emma Crameri Emma Crameri has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
on 20 March 2023

A technology journalist researches and writes articles about the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry.

They may specialize in reporting on the latest developments, innovations, and emerging trends. They might cover topics such as the latest gadgets, software, cybersecurity, big data, artificial intelligence, and the impact of technology on society.

They may write articles, and produce videos, podcasts, and/or social media content. This may include writing interviews, reviews, instructional how-to guides, company updates, research, and more.

A technology journalist may specialize in games, cybersecurity, consumer technology, or product reviews. 

Technology Journalist Skills

A technology journalist needs to have excellent writing and interpersonal skills. They will need to demonstrate critical thinking and be good at problem-solving. They need to feel confident when trying out and testing new products and software.

They will need a deep knowledge of the technology sector and the ability to keep up with a fast-paced and ever-changing industry. They may need to be able to explain complicated technical concepts in Plain English.

Personality traits needed are curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness. A technology journalist must be able to research and digest complex technical information and translate it into engaging and informative content for their audience.

Myers Briggs Personality Types for Technology Journalists

Sharon Carr, Founder and Senior Consultant, Career Smart Consulting believes the following Myers Briggs Type personalities are a good fit for technology journalists:

  1. ISTP (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving): ISTPs are known to have excellent problem-solving skills, making them a great fit for technology journalism jobs. They are also detail-oriented, logical, and analytical, making them very good at proofreading, and building webpages and websites.
  2. INTJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging): INTJs are known to be visionary and strategic thinkers, making them a great fit for technology journalism jobs where they can utilize their strong intuition to identify the most effective headings, eye-catching images, and interesting story angles. They are also detail-oriented, analytical, and logical, which helps them in designing multimedia elements which are efficient and user-friendly.
  3. ENTP (Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving): ENTPs are known to be innovative thinkers, making them a great fit for technology journalism design jobs. They are also quick thinkers, which allows them to make decisions on the fly and react to user needs in real-time.
  4. INFJ (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging): INFJs are known to be empathetic and insightful, making them a great fit for technology journalism jobs. They are also detail-oriented, analytical, and logical, which helps them in the designing and testing phases of a project.
  5. ENFP (Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving) with an interest in technology would be welcome addition given their natural flair for communication, curiosity openness to all things new and emerging.

Technology Journalist Training

Technology journalists typically have a journalism or communication degree. Some may also have a university qualification in Information Technology.

Additionally, experience in technology or science writing, and familiarity with digital media platforms, are also essential. It’s helpful to learn how to use a digital camera, and microphone, and edit videos.

As the ICT industry is constantly changing, so it is important to stay up to date. You may like to attend webinars, meetups, and conferences. You can complete short courses with LinkedIn Learning, Coursera, Google News Initiative, and Walkley Foundation professional development.

You may like to gain training in Google Analytics and Search Engine Optimisation.

Technology Journalist Jobs

You may like to look for a cadet or internship journalist position so you can gain some experience. Some people like to gain experience working on a community radio station or local website. Then you might like to specialize in technology journalism.

The job opportunities available for technology journalists today include working for large media companies, traditional newspapers and magazines, specialist tech websites, and independent media. Some technology journalists also work as freelance writers or consultants.

You’ll need to build up a portfolio with examples of your writing.

Journalism jobs can be found on Seek and news websites, including the BBC and ABC.

You may need to consider alternative similar jobs like social media manager, communications specialist, SEO writer, or technical writer.

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