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The Sims 3 Journalism Career Track

This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

Journalism Career Track in the Sims 3To apply for the journalism career track in the Sims 3, have your Sim head to the office building in town. This is one of my least favorite career tracks. They don't make a lot of money, and I'm none too fond of its special ability. Journalists need to do interviews with other Sims to write stories, as a job performance factor. You need to soften them up and get them in a good mood before they'll release the info. Interview could be useful to help you please or seduce other Sims by learning all their traits.

The Sims 3 Journalism Career Track: Pay Rate, Hours Worked and Skill Reqs

Career Track
Job TitleWork HoursSalary/Pay Rate
Wages Earned/Day
Job Promotion &
Work Promotion Factors
1Paper BoyMon-Fri
Writing, Mood
2Automated Spell-
Checker Checker
Writing, Mood
3Freelance WriterMon-Fri
Writing, Mood, Stories
4Professional BloggerMon-Fri
Writing, Mood, Stories
5Anonymous Source
Writing, Charisma, Mood, Stories
6Investigative ReporterMon, Wed, Thu, Fri
Writing, Mood, Stories, Charisma
7WeathermanMon, Wed, Thu, Fri
Writing, Mood, Charisma
8Lead ReporterMon, Wed, Thu, Fri
Writing, Mood, Charisma, Stories
9Editor-In-ChiefMon, Wed, Thu, Fri
Writing, Mood, Charisma, Stories
10Star News AnchorMon, Wed, Thu, Fri
Writing, Mood, Charisma, Stories

Journalism Career Events

There is only one high level event in this career track which requires a decision. You can either run an article on the school principal that is false, or pull the article. Running it will give your Sim a cash bonus, pulling it will give your Sim a relations boost with co-workers.

Earlier on, another event will come up. You'll have the option to apologize for a misquote for another Sim, or ignore it. Apologizing draws attention to the company's error and causes your Sim to take a job performance hit. Not apologizing will make another Sim dislike you. It doesn't reveal which Sim will be the target, it's completely random. So if you are afraid it's that one in a hundred shot that your Sim loses their friend, take it in the gut and apologize for the error.

Journalism Opportunities

There are many standard opportunities to be pursued here, which will require your Sim to head to a location and perform some task that will take a bit of time. Many are near duplicates of each other, for example interviewing a Sim at a specific location, checking on leads or staying late at work. You should always check on leads, because they will give your Sim a permenant raise.

The only variable opportunity is Writing for the Enemy. The higher quality the article, the more money you'll make. So be sure to turn in your Sim's best work. This is easily accomplished by making sure they bring only that copy to the drop off location.

Good Traits for The Sims 3's Journalism Career Track

Reading books helps with writing ability, and writing is used heavily here. This won't directly help them with the job itself, but may help them to make better stories.

This increases the learning rate for writing ability by a small degree.

Journalists need other Sims to open up and spill their secrets. Friendly will help your Sim to score that interview faster. Once you've got the scoop, head to the computer and write your story.

Charisma doesn't appear as a requirement for the journalism career until level 6. The charismatic trait will help in raising it faster. You should work on making some friends early in the Sim's career so this skill doesn't hold them back from promotions down the road.

Look to Good Traits For Every Career for more ideas.

The Sims 3 Journalist Uniforms
The Sims 3 Paper Boy Journalism Uniform
Paper Boy Uniform
The Sims 3 Freelance Writer, Investigative Reporter and Editor-in-Chief Uniforms
Standard Journalism Uniform
The Sims 3 Weather Man Uniform
Weather Man Uniform
The Sims 3 Star News Anchor Uniform
Star News Anchor Uniform
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Share Tips and FAQs (5)

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Brianna says...
IM on level 3 and it is talking about stories/reviews I was wondering how do u review a sim?
12th December 2013 7:02pm
MasterSim458 says...
The Sims IS One Of My Top 3 Favorite Games! It's So Fun Reading These Guides To Help me out with Careers and Other Things!
24th November 2015 8:06pm
Kristine Regina says...
Also at lvl 4 you get off at 12 pm and at lvl 5 its 1 pm.
23rd June 2014 4:06am
Alex says...
I love this career track. You make a lot out of it, get to go to places for free as you're reviewing it every once in a while... plus it's one of the only jobs really where even after you hit level 10 you still get 4/7 work days with 4 hours a day. In my experience most jobs end up cutting down the days drastically at level 10 to about 3 and don't really make up for it with extra payment. It's just a great career if you want money overall.
30th July 2018 12:24pm
Mrs.Awsome says...
I would also like to state that on journalism career track number 3 that it also needs stories and things like that. I just wanted to tell you but as in the other comment you said you would fix it.:)
5th November 2013 7:33pm
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