Career outlook for newspaper journalist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would investigate and research any event of interest to the public. You’d get the facts and write the story quickly and accurately to inform and entertain the readers.
If you work for a local or regional newspaper you would write stories about events like local council meetings and school fêtes.
If you work for the national press, assignments could be anything from reporting on general elections or world events.
You’d need to research and write your stories to meet tight deadlines. You’d need to make sure your reports are truthful and fair, as well as easy to read and understand.
- Investigate a story as soon as it happens
- Follow up potential sources of information
- Make new contacts with people who have information for stories
- Interview people, face-to-face and over the phone
- Attend press conferences
- Get details of meetings and interviews using recording equipment or shorthand
- Come up with ideas for new stories and features
- Write up articles in a style that will appeal to the reader
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.
Most newspapers have an online edition so you’d probably also write or adapt articles for the website.
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- Verbal communication
- Written communication
- Attention to detail
- Time management
- Taking responsibility
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