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qualifications to be an advice columnist?


Question Posted Monday May 16 2011, 1:59 pm

what qualifications from school do i need to become an advice columnist?

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VoiceofReason answered Friday May 20 2011, 2:00 am:
Psychology or Sociology would perhaps be the most applicable. You could also look into qualifications to become a licensed therapist. Dr. Laura actually got her Phd in physiology before getting her first shot at radio. It would also help if you live overseas for a while and learn to speak a foreign language fluently because it expands your view of the assumptions people operate under and why they behave the way they do.

The problem though is that not only is the paper based media a dying dinosaur, but most advice columnists tend to just fall into that role through default. In all the time I have been alive, I can't remember ever seeing an ad for advice writers. And what Dear Abby and other columns used to do is now being farmed out to sites like this one. So networking with media site owners is pretty essential, but I wouldn't necessarily make being an advice columnist my goal. Think more about the therapist angle.

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xXxPuNki-PiXiExXx answered Tuesday May 17 2011, 5:17 am:
Are you talking about a magazine/newspaper advice columnist?

To have your own column in a online or published magazine or newspaper, technically you don't need any qualifications. BUT, a degree in the Bachelor of Media and Communications or the Bachelor of Arts (majoring in English/literature studies) would be very beneficiary. Media and Communications is more relatable to journalists, which would be far more applicable to a career as a columnist, but having a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/literature studies would also help (particularly because it teaches linguistics which is the study of the human language to help with editing and proof-reading, and also has creative writing units).

Sometimes with advice columns, depending on what you're giving advice on, some form of credentials will probably be needed. In the magazine I used to buy in my younger years, a doctor had an advice column related to love/life/body.. etc. So, depending on what you want to give advice on, you may need a degree in medicine/psychiatry, or possibly a doctorate.

If you want to start up your own website, no qualifications!

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