"Journalism is not like medicine or law, where a specific degree is a prerequisite, but there comes a point in the career of any journalist in which experience is much more important than what they have studied in school", writes Stephen Thompson of NPR .

If once there were fanzines, now blogs and online journals act as a school for aspiring music journalists, but what is needed to become a music journalist? What does it mean to be a music journalist today? Is it enough just being able to write a review?