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Job Description

A Newspaper Journalist will seek out news to bring it to public attention as quickly as possible. They will be required to attend press conferences, courts and events as well as interviewing people by phone or in person. They will respond to tip-offs and news releases and may be required to attend news worthy events at very short notice.

Entry Requirements

You could start as a trainee on a local or regional newspaper. Opportunities are rare and you'll need to show you've writing experience.

You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You could also get into this career through a degree in journalism or English, or a postgraduate journalism qualification.

You could also take a journalism qualification like those offered by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has more careers information.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could become a chief reporter or a specialist writer, covering areas like politics, business or particular regions of the country. You could move to a national newspaper or work as a critic.

You could move into other areas such as magazine, broadcast or online journalism. Or you could work in a press office or public relations.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Magazine journalist
  • Broadcast journalist

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

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Determination and persistence
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Creativity
  • Good at researching

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £50,000

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