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Job Description

Journalist will research, write and assemble news stories for television, radio, newspapers, journals or magazines.  They will interview and collect opinions from experts, eyewitnesses or other related parties to represent their opinion for the article.  They will build contacts to seek out and investigate stories in a specific area, attend press conferences, launches and other events and will upload content to media websites.

Entry Requirements

A degree in journalism, English or writing is an advantage, it is possible to get into this profession without a degree but is becoming increasingly difficult. Many journalists start by writing for student magazines and local publications.

Career Path and Progression

  • Senior or chief reporters
  • Specialist writer 
  • overseas foreign correspondent 

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Very strong written and communication skills
  • A keen interest in current affairs
  • Excellent literacy skills
  • Well organised
  • The ability to understand and grasp complex issues

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £23,000

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