Journalists gather, investigate and report news stories to inform the public, conducting interviews, researching and writing articles to deliver accurate and timely information through newspapers, magazines, websites or broadcast media.

Day-to-day Tasks 

  • understanding the power of information and how it shapes public awareness
  • assist experienced journalists in research, interviews and news reporting
  • learning about various journalistic techniques and writing styles
  • analysing current events and turning them into compelling news articles
  • communicating clearly and objectively to inform the public
  • collaborating with your news team to deliver accurate and timely stories

Skills and Knowledge

  • curiosity and a thirst for knowledge to uncover stories
  • strong writing skills for clear and engaging news articles
  • strong research skills to ensure the legitimacy of work
  • to work as a team with editors, photographers and colleagues
  • learning to use technology and digital tools for news reporting

Industry Qualifications

There are various avenues to enter this profession. You can take specialised courses, be self-taught, gain practical experience through internships, or pursue an apprenticeship. Sometimes all it takes is a personal connection within the industry to unlock opportunities and launch your career.

Most broadcast journalists have either a degree in journalism or a degree in another subject followed by a postgraduate qualification in broadcast journalism.

Some courses are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. 

Graduate trainee schemes

As a graduate you could apply to broadcasting companies like the BBC who offer advanced journalism trainee schemes. Places are limited and competition is strong.

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