Broadcast Journalist

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A broadcast journalist works in radio, television or online (multimedia), researching and collecting stories and writing them up for reporting in news bulletins and other programmes. Broadcast journalists can fill a number of roles in the production of a programme including editor, reporter, presenter/news anchor, producer and correspondent.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries with a local news organisation might be anything between £15,000 and £22,000 a year. Trainees at the BBC earn £21,216 outside London and £25,776 within London. With experience this can rise to between £30,000 and £45,000 a year. Top broadcasting journalists in national or international news organisations can earn more than £80,000 a year. Salaries in television tend to be higher than in radio.


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Getting In

Getting a start in broadcasting is harder than ever. Sometimes you have to take any job in the field, just to ‘get a foot in the door’ and make contacts. The three major broadcasters in Scotland are the BBC, STV and Channel 4. There are many local radio stations and some local television stations in Scotland. Some broadcast journalists have moved initially to get experience.

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Journalism Diversity Fund was set up by a number of different organisations involved in journalism and is run by the NCTJ. It aims to support the training of people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds. Bursaries may be awarded to individuals applying for National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accredited courses. For more information visit the Journalism Diversity website.

The Guardian Media Group's, Scott Trust Bursary Scheme also offers a number of bursaries to postgraduate students each year, to study newspaper, web or broadcast journalism.

The BBC offer a paid Journalism Trainee Scheme that lasts for 10 months. Training and work experience may be at any of the national or regional news centres in the UK, including Glasgow, Salford, Cardiff and Belfast. Places in Scotland are limited so you may have to be prepared to move to another area. To apply you must be 18 or over, have some work experience related to journalism, have an excellent grasp of social media in journalism and be a keen news follower in all its forms. Competition for places is fierce. See the BBC Trainee Schemes website for more details.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC)
Twitter: @BJTC_UK

Chartered Institute of Journalists
Tel: 020 7252 1187
Twitter: @CIoJournalist

Community Media Association
Tel: 0114 279 5219
Twitter: @community_media

Hospital Broadcasting Service
Tel: 0141 221 4043
Twitter: @HBSGlasgow

National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
Tel: 01799 544014
Twitter: @NCTJ_news

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