Journalist or Reporter

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A journalist or reporter gathers information on news, current affairs, important events and matters of public interest and writes articles about them for newspapers, magazines and the internet.

The Work

Newspaper journalists report on events for a local, regional or national newspaper.

Magazine journalists write longer articles of general interest for a weekly or monthly trade or business journal or consumer magazine.

Broadcast journalists (See Broadcast Journalist) write reports for radio and television, adapt it for speech and may present it on air.

Online journalists produce reports and articles for the internet, most commonly for news websites.

You could be:


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

Starting pay for trainee journalists in a local news organisation can be from £18,000 to £20,000 a year upwards. This can then rise with experience up to between £24,000 and £40,000 a year. Very successful journalists can earn more than £60,000 a year, and even higher in the top jobs in national organisations.

If you are freelance you will negotiate a fee for each piece of work you do. You can get advice from the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) about fees.


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Getting In

You can enter journalism through many different routes.

Competition for entry to journalism is fierce. Direct entry to national newspapers is rare and nearly all journalists start work in local papers. Many journalists work freelance, for several publishers at once.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


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