A great many people who want to be writers say that they want to have a career in journalism. They may envision themselves going to exotic locales to cover stories. While these things do happen to journalists, it takes a long time to make your bones before you are sent on any interesting assignments.
A journalist is someone who reports on timely events. Timing is everything to a journalist. Whether you write for a magazine or a newspaper, you need to make sure that your articles are timely. Your purpose is to keep the public as up-to-date as possible when it comes to news and events that may affect them. This is the basic concept of being a journalist.