- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of media production and communication
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent written communication skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- ambition and a desire to succeed
- persistence and determination
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- investigating a story as soon as it breaks
- following up potential leads and developing new contacts
- interviewing people face-to-face and over the phone
- attending press conferences
- recording meetings and interviews using recording equipment or shorthand
- coming up with ideas for stories and features
- writing up articles in a style that will appeal to the reader
- sub-editing other reporters' articles for publication
- writing up articles for online publication
You could work in an office.
Your working environment may be emotionally demanding and you'll travel often.
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.
You can find out more about working in journalism from the National Union of Journalists.