What is a Columnist?


Columnist Job Description

Columnists are responsible for producing written material for a regular column in a newspaper. Columnists share information of public interest as well as their personal opinions with their readers. Columnists often focus on a specialty such as sports, politics, health, fashion and others.



Typical Job Duties

• Must work within strict deadlines

• Research recent events within chosen specialty

• Interview people of interest pertaining to their article

• Perform fact-checking

• Compose article that is enjoyable and complies with journalism ethics and laws

• Compose articles which are captivating and appeal to a large group of people



Scholarships for Becoming a Columnist

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Columnist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Columnist. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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