Broadcast journalist

Broadcast journalists research and present news stories and factual programmes on TV, radio and the internet.

Average salary (a year)

£13,000 Starter

to

£80,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 irregular

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays at short notice

How to become a Broadcast journalist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • graduate training scheme

University

Most broadcast journalists enter the job after doing a degree or postgraduate qualification in broadcast journalism.

Some courses are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Work

You could start as a production assistant or runner with a broadcasting company and work your way up.

Volunteering and experience

Volunteering is a good way to get experience of what it's like to work in the media and will help when you apply for courses and jobs.

Organisations offering work experience opportunities include:

Direct application

Some broadcast journalists move into broadcast journalism from print journalism.

Other routes

You could apply directly to broadcasting companies like the BBC who offer graduate training schemes. Places are limited and competition is strong.

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Career tips

You could create an online showreel to show potential employers examples of your work.

Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in the media through the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of English language
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • following story 'leads', or generating story ideas
  • researching stories, using the internet, archives and databases
  • writing scripts, and website or social media content
  • preparing and conducting live and pre-recorded interviews
  • presenting in TV or radio studios or on location, and recording voiceovers for recorded material
  • asking questions at briefings and press conferences
  • directing a small camera or sound crew, or operating recording equipment yourself

Working environment

You could work at a tv studio, from home, in an office or at a film studio.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often and outdoors in all weathers.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a studio-based presenter or a special news correspondent. 

You could also move into programme making, producing, or management.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Broadcast journalist right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Level 3 in Media Journalism

  • Provider: Middlesbrough College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Middlesbrough

L3 UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology, Digital Journalism

  • Provider: Lambeth College
  • Start date: 13 September 2019
  • Location: London

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