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COMPUTER SECURITY JOURNALIST: Indulge The Things That You Are Passionate & Creative About

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Matthew is a computer security journalist. He spends his typical day researching what is happening in his area of interest, fielding stories with his editor, interviewing experts in his stories' subjects, and writing and publishing the stories online. He worked in copy editing after university for several years before realizing that he enjoyed writing much more and eventually got a job in the field.

School: SUNY Buffalo ; SUNY Buffalo - Cornell University
Degree: English Literature
Job Title: Computer Security Journalist

Job Summary: Digital Journalist

Job Description

Digital journalist is a new breed of reporter who focuses on creating interactive news stories and blogs with videos, photos and animations.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
1 to 8 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Flexible, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Outdoor, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, People skills, Public speaking ability, Networking

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='14320'>research</span> <span m='14860'>every</span> <span m='14940'>day</span> <span m='15220'>to</span> <span m='15300'>see</span> <span m='15440'>what's</span> <span m='15590'>happening</span> <span m='16180'>with</span> <span m='16390'>my</span> <span m='16960'>area</span> <span m='17360'>of</span> <span m='18110'>interest</span> <span m='18640'>or</span> <span m='18830'>expertise,</span> <span m='19930'>and</span> <span m='20550'>after</span> <span m='21010'>I do</span> <span m='21285'>that,</span> <span m='21560'>I'll</span> <span m='22480'>have</span> <span m='22630'>a</span> <span m='22670'>couple</span> <span m='22910'>of</span> <span m='23020'>stories</span> <span m='23850'>that</span> <span m='23990'>I</span> <span m='24340'>field</span> <span m='24630'>to</span> <span m='24920'>the</span> <span m='25290'>editor.</span> <span m='26030'>And</span> <span m='26290'>she'll</span> <span m='26800'>tell</span> <span m='26970'>me</span> <span m='27080'>which</span> <span m='27250'>ones</span> <span m='27440'>she'd</span> <span m='27610'>like</span> <span m='27750'>me to</span> <span m='27930'>cover,</span> <span m='28640'>and</span> <span m='28830'>then</span> <span m='28920'>I</span> <span m='28960'>go</span> <span m='29100'>off,</span> <span m='29270'>and</span> <span m='29380'>I</span> <span m='29410'>write</span> <span m='29590'>about</span> <span m='29820'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='30160'>And at</span> <span m='30390'>that</span> <span m='30610'>point,</span> <span m='31040'>I</span> <span m='31490'>will</span> <span m='32200'>try</span> <span m='32980'>to</span> <span m='33140'>interview</span> <span m='33450'>some</span> <span m='33620'>people</span> <span m='33930'>who</span> <span m='34060'>know</span> <span m='34380'>a</span> <span m='34540'>lot</span> <span m='34710'>about</span> <span m='34930'>the</span> <span m='35000'>subject</span> <span m='35380'>matter</span> <span m='36190'>and</span> <span m='36780'>take</span> <span m='37020'>what</span> <span m='37130'>they</span> <span m='37250'>have</span> <span m='37460'>to</span> <span m='37540'>say</span> <span m='38420'>and</span> <span m='38880'>put</span> <span m='39050'>that</span> <span m='39200'>towards</span> <span m='39680'>a</span> <span m='39730'>story.</span> <span m='40550'>So</span> <span m='40810'>while</span> <span m='41020'>the</span> <span m='41330'>interviews</span> <span m='41510'>might</span> <span m='41650'>take</span> <span m='41880'>about</span> <span m='42060'>a</span> <span m='42080'>half</span> <span m='42370'>hour</span> <span m='42870'>each,</span> <span m='43650'>maybe</span> <span m='43910'>I'll</span> <span m='44010'>try</span> <span m='44180'>to</span> <span m='44290'>do</span> <span m='44480'>one</span> <span m='44730'>or</span> <span m='44820'>two</span> <span m='44990'>for</span> <span m='45150'>each</span> <span m='45390'>story,</span> <span m='46480'>then I'll</span> <span m='46730'>go</span> <span m='46810'>off</span> <span m='47000'>and</span> <span m='47080'>write</span> <span m='47240'>the</span> <span m='47320'>story,</span> <span m='47650'>which</span> <span m='47840'>usually</span> <span m='48100'>takes</span> <span m='48340'>about</span> <span m='49200'>hour and</span> <span m='49465'>a half</span> <span m='49730'>each.</span> <span m='50530'>So</span> <span m='50810'>every</span> <span m='51080'>day,</span> <span m='51540'>I'll</span> <span m='51660'>be</span> <span m='51800'>producing</span> <span m='53250'>a</span> <span m='53270'>couple</span> <span m='53540'>of</span> <span m='53650'>stories</span> <span m='54630'>and</span> <span m='55040'>submit</span> <span m='55430'>them to</span> <span m='55690'>an editor.</span> <span m='56170'>And if</span> <span m='56430'>she has</span> <span m='56780'>any</span> <span m='56940'>questions,</span> <span m='57740'>she'll</span> <span m='58010'>get</span> <span m='58370'>back</span> <span m='58750'>to</span> <span m='58870'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='59670'>And</span> <span m='59790'>at</span> <span m='59860'>that</span> <span m='60070'>point,</span> <span m='61160'>the</span> <span m='61270'>stories</span> <span m='61700'>run</span> <span m='62130'>online,</span> <span m='62580'>on</span> <span m='62960'>an</span> <span m='63090'>online</span> <span m='63180'>website.</span> <span m='64220'>And</span> <span m='64489'>then</span> <span m='64629'>I'll</span> <span m='64780'>usually</span> <span m='65069'>get</span> <span m='65260'>some</span> <span m='65379'>feedback</span> <span m='65950'>from</span> <span m='66100'>my</span> <span m='66240'>editor</span> <span m='66600'>and</span> <span m='66960'>sometimes from</span> <span m='67270'>readers.</span> <span m='68210'>And</span> <span m='68300'>I</span> <span m='68400'>use</span> <span m='68660'>that</span> <span m='68990'>to</span> <span m='70030'>help</span> <span m='70600'>kind</span> <span m='70790'>of</span> <span m='71770'>refine</span> <span m='72390'>the</span> <span m='72610'>ideas</span> <span m='72940'>that</span> <span m='73040'>we</span> <span m='73130'>had</span> <span m='73470'>and</span> <span m='73600'>maybe</span> <span m='73870'>pick</span> <span m='74060'>a</span> <span m='74130'>story</span> <span m='74480'>for</span> <span m='74630'>the</span> <span m='74730'>next</span> <span m='74960'>day.</span> <span m='75750'>So</span> <span m='76070'>that's</span> <span m='76450'>my</span> <span m='76790'>basic</span> <span m='77340'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='78390'>Undergraduate,</span> <span m='79310'>I</span> <span m='79430'>was</span> <span m='79570'>an</span> <span m='79670'>English</span> <span m='80050'>Literature</span> <span m='80490'>major,</span> <span m='81030'>and</span> <span m='81380'>I also</span> <span m='81630'>did a</span> <span m='81780'>master's</span> <span m='82300'>degree</span> <span m='82580'>in</span> <span m='82700'>that.</span> <span m='83350'>But</span> <span m='83880'>one</span> <span m='84140'>of</span> <span m='84190'>the</span> <span m='84250'>things</span> <span m='84560'>I</span> <span m='84710'>most</span> <span m='85380'>liked</span> <span m='85920'>when</span> <span m='86050'>I</span> <span m='86090'>was</span> <span m='86310'>in</span> <span m='86750'>college</span> <span m='87590'>or</span> <span m='87690'>university,</span> <span m='88580'>was</span> <span m='89010'>doing</span> <span m='89280'>literary</span> <span m='89710'>magazines</span> <span m='90290'>or</span> <span m='90760'>newspapers</span> <span m='91500'>or</span> <span m='91870'>various</span> <span m='92160'>publications.</span> <span m='93270'>And</span> <span m='93450'>so</span> <span m='93980'>from</span> <span m='94230'>an</span> <span m='94530'>early</span> <span m='95010'>point,</span> <span m='95630'>I</span> <span m='95750'>thought</span> <span m='96060'>I</span> <span m='96140'>wanted</span> <span m='96410'>to</span> <span m='96500'>do</span> <span m='96840'>something</span> <span m='97150'>involving</span> <span m='97790'>publishing,</span> <span m='98590'>but</span> <span m='98710'>I</span> <span m='98770'>didn't</span> <span m='98960'>know</span> <span m='99070'>what</span> <span m='99210'>that</span> <span m='99390'>meant.</span> </p><p><span m='100080'>So</span> <span m='100540'>when</span> <span m='100750'>I</span> <span m='100830'>got</span> <span m='101290'>out onto</span> <span m='101480'>the</span> <span m='101620'>job</span> <span m='101900'>market</span> <span m='102270'>and</span> <span m='102390'>looked</span> <span m='102620'>around,</span> <span m='103420'>I</span> <span m='103530'>ended</span> <span m='103640'>up</span> <span m='103850'>being</span> <span m='104050'>a</span> <span m='104120'>copy</span> <span m='104500'>editor,</span> <span m='104880'>which</span> <span m='105040'>is</span> <span m='105130'>someone</span> <span m='105460'>who</span> <span m='106100'>check</span> <span m='106270'>to</span> <span m='106440'>make</span> <span m='106560'>sure</span> <span m='106760'>things</span> <span m='107020'>are</span> <span m='107100'>spelled</span> <span m='107430'>correctly</span> <span m='108000'>and</span> <span m='108120'>read</span> <span m='108390'>correctly</span> <span m='108880'>and all</span> <span m='109040'>that</span> <span m='109140'>sort</span> <span m='109290'>of</span> <span m='109370'>thing.</span> <span m='109890'>I</span> <span m='110000'>did</span> <span m='110160'>that</span> <span m='110360'>for</span> <span m='110430'>a</span> <span m='110470'>couple of</span> <span m='110750'>years,</span> <span m='111330'>but</span> <span m='111900'>as</span> <span m='112000'>I was</span> <span m='112280'>doing</span> <span m='112460'>that,</span> <span m='112660'>I</span> <span m='112710'>thought</span> <span m='113030'>what was</span> <span m='113180'>more</span> <span m='113590'>interesting</span> <span m='113890'>was</span> <span m='114040'>getting</span> <span m='114250'>to</span> <span m='114370'>write.</span> <span m='115050'>So</span> <span m='115880'>at</span> <span m='116050'>that</span> <span m='116270'>point,</span> <span m='116770'>I</span> <span m='116940'>was</span> <span m='117090'>doing</span> <span m='117300'>my</span> <span m='117400'>copy</span> <span m='117710'>editing</span> <span m='117990'>job</span> <span m='118670'>but</span> <span m='118770'>also</span> <span m='119740'>writing</span> <span m='120340'>whenever</span> <span m='120650'>possible.</span> <span m='121210'>And</span> <span m='121540'>after</span> <span m='121770'>a</span> <span m='121860'>couple of</span> <span m='122220'>years</span> <span m='122570'>of</span> <span m='122720'>work,</span> <span m='123100'>I</span> <span m='123410'>was</span> <span m='123630'>made</span> <span m='124180'>a</span> <span m='124480'>reporter</span> <span m='124965'>for</span> <span m='125450'>a</span> <span m='125650'>technology</span> <span m='126140'>magazine,</span> <span m='126930'>where</span> <span m='127180'>I</span> <span m='127250'>got</span> <span m='127490'>to</span> <span m='128070'>take</span> <span m='128330'>stories</span> <span m='128800'>and</span> <span m='128990'>report</span> <span m='129330'>them</span> <span m='129900'>and</span> <span m='130190'>write</span> <span m='130419'>them,</span> <span m='130699'>and</span> <span m='130880'>I</span> <span m='130930'>thought</span> <span m='131130'>it</span> <span m='131190'>was</span> <span m='131310'>much</span> <span m='131730'>more</span> <span m='131890'>fun</span> <span m='132110'>than</span> <span m='132250'>checking</span> <span m='132960'>grammar and</span> <span m='133420'>punctuation.</span> </p><p><span m='134090'>What</span> <span m='134580'>I</span> <span m='134650'>wish</span> <span m='134910'>I</span> <span m='134930'>knew</span> <span m='135210'>when</span> <span m='135310'>I</span> <span m='135410'>was</span> <span m='135450'>younger</span> <span m='136030'>is</span> <span m='136570'>that</span> <span m='136980'>if</span> <span m='137150'>there's</span> <span m='137300'>something</span> <span m='137530'>you're</span> <span m='137670'>interested</span> <span m='138040'>in,</span> <span m='138540'>you</span> <span m='138650'>should</span> <span m='138890'>do</span> <span m='139070'>it.</span> <span m='139590'>Find</span> <span m='139810'>ways</span> <span m='140040'>to</span> <span m='140150'>do</span> <span m='140350'>it.</span> <span m='140570'>Trust</span> <span m='140890'>your</span> <span m='140990'>gut.</span> <span m='142050'>In</span> <span m='142200'>my</span> <span m='142370'>case,</span> <span m='142940'>it</span> <span m='143110'>was</span> <span m='143610'>publishing.</span> <span m='144470'>It</span> <span m='144560'>was</span> <span m='144690'>working</span> <span m='144910'>on</span> <span m='144970'>magazines.</span> <span m='145840'>I've</span> <span m='146500'>always</span> <span m='146900'>liked</span> <span m='147140'>writing</span> <span m='147560'>about</span> <span m='147820'>things</span> <span m='148720'>and</span> <span m='149430'>designing</span> <span m='150290'>booklets</span> <span m='150910'>and</span> <span m='151140'>pamphlets,</span> <span m='152630'>taking</span> <span m='152970'>photographs,</span> <span m='153960'>all</span> <span m='154560'>sorts</span> <span m='154770'>of</span> <span m='154850'>aspects</span> <span m='155240'>of</span> <span m='155320'>publishing.</span> </p><p><span m='156130'>And</span> <span m='156680'>as</span> <span m='156920'>I've</span> <span m='157030'>gotten</span> <span m='157320'>more</span> <span m='157520'>and</span> <span m='157580'>more</span> <span m='157740'>experience,</span> <span m='158710'>all</span> <span m='159000'>of</span> <span m='159090'>that</span> <span m='159260'>has</span> <span m='159390'>been</span> <span m='159540'>relevant.</span> <span m='161070'>Every</span> <span m='161380'>aspect,</span> <span m='162830'>anything</span> <span m='163190'>that</span> <span m='163340'>you</span> <span m='163460'>could</span> <span m='163600'>think</span> <span m='163850'>of</span> <span m='164080'>that</span> <span m='164330'>has to</span> <span m='164390'>do</span> <span m='164610'>with</span> <span m='164900'>producing</span> <span m='165980'>a</span> <span m='166080'>booklet</span> <span m='166600'>or</span> <span m='166810'>a</span> <span m='166860'>pamphlet</span> <span m='167380'>or a</span> <span m='167560'>magazine,</span> <span m='168800'>all</span> <span m='169010'>those</span> <span m='169200'>skills.</span> <span m='169650'>Be it</span> <span m='170010'>getting</span> <span m='170300'>advertising,</span> <span m='171490'>graphic</span> <span m='171820'>design</span> <span m='172230'>and</span> <span m='172625'>laying it</span> <span m='173020'>out,</span> <span m='173700'>photography</span> <span m='173955'>to</span> <span m='174210'>illustrate</span> <span m='174685'>it,</span> <span m='175520'>writing</span> <span m='175880'>skills</span> <span m='176500'>in</span> <span m='176610'>order</span> <span m='176840'>to</span> <span m='178350'>fill</span> <span m='178710'>in</span> <span m='178950'>the</span> <span m='179040'>right</span> <span m='179260'>kind</span> <span m='180060'>of</span> <span m='181020'>text</span> <span m='181630'>that</span> <span m='181840'>you</span> <span m='181970'>need</span> <span m='182230'>to</span> <span m='182320'>make</span> <span m='182520'>it</span> <span m='182780'>sing.</span> </p><p><span m='183990'>Just</span> <span m='184270'>basically,</span> <span m='184650'>go</span> <span m='184900'>out</span> <span m='185100'>there.</span> <span m='185420'>If</span> <span m='185580'>you're</span> <span m='185750'>interested</span> <span m='186225'>in it,</span> <span m='186700'>don't</span> <span m='186920'>limit</span> <span m='187120'>yourself.</span> <span m='187530'>Don't</span> <span m='187730'>think</span> <span m='187830'>what</span> <span m='188010'>am</span> <span m='188040'>I</span> <span m='188160'>going</span> <span m='188240'>to</span> <span m='188300'>do</span> <span m='188450'>with</span> <span m='188580'>this?</span> <span m='189080'>Just</span> <span m='189740'>indulge</span> <span m='190110'>the</span> <span m='190990'>things</span> <span m='191270'>that</span> <span m='191380'>you</span> <span m='191890'>are</span> <span m='192000'>passionate</span> <span m='192530'>and</span> <span m='192630'>creative</span> <span m='192970'>about,</span> <span m='194060'>and</span> <span m='194420'>people</span> <span m='194860'>will</span> <span m='195300'>look</span> <span m='195680'>to</span> <span m='195810'>that</span> <span m='196190'>as</span> <span m='196430'>you</span> <span m='197010'>progress</span> <span m='197490'>through</span> <span m='197630'>your</span> <span m='197820'>career</span> <span m='198680'>and</span> <span m='198880'>in</span> <span m='199000'>life</span> <span m='199670'>and</span> <span m='200440'>respect</span> <span m='201260'>the</span> <span m='201340'>choices</span> <span m='201680'>you've</span> <span m='201840'>made and the</span> <span m='202190'>experiences</span> <span m='202730'>that</span> <span m='202840'>you've</span> <span m='203140'>gotten.</span> </p>","file":{"id":362349,"video_id":"3253013208001","name":"2138-Mat-CompSecurityJournalist1","duration":204824,"thumbnail_url":null}});