A good journalist should always have an inquiring mind to challenge conventional thoughts and ideas and provide an alternate perspective on a wide range of issues. Their work should be thoroughly fact checked and should include detailed research from reliable sources. Confidence is equally important in the journalism profession, as, particularly when dealing with politics, a journalist may have to come up against and challenge authority. However, a journalist should treat whomever they are interviewing or writing about with respect and complete honesty.
As a journalist a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of current affairs is important as information is constantly being broadcast surrounding local and national news. Tenacity is also a useful quality to look for, as the best stories are usually the hardest to find and require determination and persistence.
Above all a journalist should be impartial and unbiased in all publications whether it is broadcast journalism, magazine or newspaper writing.