Journalists research, write, edit, proofread and submit news stories, features and articles for use on television and radio or within magazines, journals and newspapers.
This role involves researching and writing stories for national, regional and local press as well as reporting on news and politics, sports, arts and culture, science and business. There is also coverage of national and local events, entertainment and human interest stories.
Junior reporters usually write up stories allocated to them by the news desk. They pass these to the news editor, who in turn hands them to sub-editors. Other roles include correspondents, who are specialists in one field or location, and feature writers, who cover topics in greater depth, often using a more personal style.
On smaller/local newspapers journalists may have to multitask; they could have the opportunity to work on layout, photography and sub-editing as well as writing stories. Newspaper journalism is becoming increasingly multi-platform and the continuous growth of 'social media news' making IT, web and broadcast skills highly valued.
If you're a creative type who loves to research, interview and write, then a career in magazine journalism might be for you
Magazine journalists research and write news articles and features for a variety of publications. There are thousands of magazine titles in the UK and, while there are plenty of opportunities, competition can be fierce when trying to get a job.
As a broadcast journalist, your role will be rooted in communication, finding stories and making them known to the public in a fast but coherent way
Broadcast journalists research, investigate and present news and current affairs content for television, radio and the internet. Their aim is to present information in a balanced, accurate and interesting way through news bulletins, documentaries and other factual programmes.
Broadcast journalists can occupy a number of roles within the media including: editor, reporter, presenter/news reader, producer and correspondent.