ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PURSUE A CAREER IN JOURNALISM

Journalists are, as you’ve mostly likely heard of before, people who write stories for newspapers and magazines. They may write about sports, politics, fashion, culture or business – the specific niche depends on the type of publication you work for. In this job, reporters normally write stories in the topics they are assigned and then pass over to the editors and sub-editors. You might also have to join in on editing and designing the layout if it’s a smaller team.  

This is a role that your English degree will be very helpful in, as you’ll need to have a lot of creativity and imagination on writing stories that will attract your audience and inform them. Many people follow on to this route, and it can be a very rewarding and fulfilling career as you’ll see the impact you have on the world every day. 

Some of the responsibilities they have are researching, writing and editing a story, ensuring grammar and accuracy, carrying out interviews and coming up with ideas for stories. There are currently many jobs that are taking in graduates and young people looking to for a way to start out their career in this route, but journalism also has a lot of popular internships that offer experience too that you should definitely consider.  

ULTIMATE EARNING POTENTIAL 

Position in Career  Associated Salary (UK)  
Entry Level To start out your career as a journalist it may be useful to have a degree, although it is not strictly needed. More than that, you’ll need some experience, confidence and resilience to not give up in the beginning of this tough career path. £15,000 – £26,000 
Experienced Senior Level Getting a degree in English, journalism or another relevant degree is however highly advantageous. Many experienced senior journalists even have a postgraduate degree too, which is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). Journalism is a very competitive career path, so its strongly recommend being trained or have a qualification by the NCTJ. £18,000 – £35,000 
Editor-in-chief An editor-in-chief will have years of experience and the confidence to undertake managerial positions in a company. They will be responsible for major decisions that will affect publications. £22,000 – £65,000 

TOP 10 EMPLOYERS

  1. Epsom and Ewell Times Ltd 
  2. Robert Half 
  3. Key Media 
  4. Lanistar 
  5. News UK Ltd 
  6. Argus Media 
  7. Financial Times 
  8. New Voice Media 
  9. Ascential 
  10. Zywave UK 


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