Career outlook for journalist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
Journalists investigate and gather information to report to the public. You'd need to get the facts and present them clearly, in a way that’s informative and interesting to your audience.
You might be working to in a fast-paced environment, to tight deadlines. You’d need to make sure your reports are truthful and fair. You'd need to follow editorial standards, regulatory rules and the law. These could vary depending on where you work.
As a journalist, you'd:
- investigate stories as they happen
- follow up potential sources of information
- make contacts with people who have information for stories
- interview people
- attend events such as press conferences, court hearings or council meetings
- take notes or record meetings and interviews
- use audio or video equipment when capturing stories
- come up with ideas for new stories and features
- communicate information to the public
There are many routes journalists can follow and specialise in. You could be writing articles in a newspaper or broadcasting video reports on TV. You could also script and deliver news bulletins on the radio or create social media content.
Some examples of the types of specialism you could follow include:
- broadcast journalism
- newspaper journalism
- magazine journalism
- digital journalism
Regardless of the type of journalism, it's useful to have a variety of multimedia and digital skills.
You could choose to specialise in a specific subject such as sport, politics or entertainment. Or you might work as a critic, for example, producing restaurant or theatre reviews.
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- Verbal communication
- Written communication
- Attention to detail
- Taking initiative
- Time management
- Taking responsibility
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