Is there a way to see real time outputs from journals?

Like if I had a script that just returned the to a variable, would I have to add some additional code to export that to the information dialogue box or is there a window you can open that will just display any information that the script computes?

You can write information to the listing window or the log file, but I don't think either of those is quite what you had in mind...

Can you elaborate on the type of output you need?

You can also write to the status bar using ufs.Ui.SetPrompt("message"). This can be useful to show progress whilst the script is running.
Use ufs.Ui.SetPrompt("") to clear any messages at the end of the program.