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2nd December 2016

A broadcast journalist’s job role is to research and present factual news stories and TV programmes in print, online and on the radio.

Junior journalists (or beginners) can earn between £13,000 and £19,000, and up to £45,000 with experience. Highly experienced Broadcast Journalists can earn anything up to £80,000 depending on the amount of experience they have and individual freelance rates.

The job role of a journalist is often hard work, stressful and requires a lot of determination so you should be prepared to work a varied amount of hours per week, dependent upon workload, location and important deadlines. You may be required to work extra hours in the evening and weekends to meet cut-off points.

As you are likely to be working in a small production team, alongside other journalists, editors and producers there are no specific entry requirements to step into the industry with, although you will require good research and writing skills, the ability to cope under pressure and basic knowledge of how to create an engaging news story. One of the most popular methods of direct entry into the industry is to undertake a traineeship, internship or an unpaid period of work to demonstrate your skills.

You may decide to focus your role on a certain type of news such as economic, sports or cultural reports. For each of these professions, on a daily basis you will be expected to attend press conferences, research news stories and follow leads to produce new content and prepare for interviews, covering UK and international news as necessary.

In gaining experience and developing your skills and knowledge within the industry, you will have the opportunity to move into programme production, making or management and can occupy the role of a correspondent or presenter.

Sound like a career you’d like to pursue? Watch what your day may involve as an upcoming broadcast journalist:

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