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Newspaper journalist

Newspaper journalists investigate and write up stories for local, regional and national newspapers.

Potential salary

£15,000 to £50,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 variable

  • 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.

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