How to become a broadcast journalist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
Most broadcast journalists enter the job after doing a degree in journalism or a degree in another subject and a postgraduate qualification in broadcast journalism.
Some courses are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
As a graduate you could apply to broadcasting companies like the BBC who offer advanced journalism trainee schemes. Places are limited and competition is strong.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
You may be able to start out on a junior journalist advanced apprenticeship or a senior journalist higher apprenticeship.
There is a lot of competition for places. Recruitment takes place at set times during the year. You can find out when schemes are open for applications on broadcasters' websites.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
You could start as a production assistant, media researcher or runner with a broadcasting company and work your way up.
Some broadcast journalists move into broadcast journalism from print journalism.
You could create an online showreel to show potential employers examples of your work.
The journalism industry is working to promote diversity through bursary schemes like:
You can find out more about careers and training in the media through the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
You can get more information on working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.