Working in broadcasting and journalism

Broadcast and journalism is a popular industry. It can be tough to get into.

You could find a job as a TV news reporter, a newspaper journalist or a radio producer. It's not all about being a famous newsreader or columnist. Researchers, producers and editors all work behind the scenes. You’ll need to work hard and be persistent. Jobs can be varied, interesting and even a bit glamorous. But be prepared to start at the bottom and work long hours for low pay.

 

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Approximate pay levels

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Some of the best-loved TV presenters earn millions. However, most workers in TV and radio are paid far less than this.

Many jobs in the industry are paid at a day rate, or just for the length of a contract. You would only earn money for the days you work and there may be gaps between jobs.

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Employer case study

Mike Firth, Editor, Heron Publications

"Our company started ten years ago by producing one local magazine. We now have four free magazines and one paid for magazine about Sheffield nostalgia."

Future careers

  • TV, radio, newspapers and magazines are changing because of digital technology.
  • Fewer people buy newspapers or watch their TVs – they use online content instead.
  • Expertise in digital technology and the use of technical equipment will be useful.

Things to consider

  • Working hours can be long and unpredictable.
  • Many jobs in the industry pay by the hour or day, or just for the length of a contract. There may be gaps between jobs when you are not paid.
  • Lots of people work on a freelance basis in broadcast and journalism which requires extra skills. Freelancers need to learn how to network and to promote themselves in order to find work.

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Creative Skillset careers

Information on broadcast and journalism

NCTJ careers

Information on careers in journalism