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Broadcast journalist

Broadcast journalists research and present news stories and factual programmes on TV, radio and the internet.

Potential salary

£13,000 to £80,000

Employment by 2024

+3.25%

Working hours

37 to 39 irregular

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • following story 'leads', or generating story ideas
  • researching stories, using the internet, archives and databases
  • writing scripts, and website or social media content
  • preparing and conducting live and pre-recorded interviews
  • presenting in TV or radio studios or on location, and recording voiceovers for recorded material
  • asking questions at briefings and press conferences
  • directing a small camera or sound crew, or operating recording equipment yourself

You could work at a TV studio, from home, in an office or at a film studio.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and outdoors in all weathers.

With experience, you could become a studio-based presenter or a special news correspondent.

You could also move into programme making, producing, or management.

You can find out more about careers and training in the media through the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

You can get more information on working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

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