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 have either a degree in journalism or a degree in another subject followed by a postgraduate qualification in broadcast journalism.
Some courses are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council.
Graduate trainee schemes
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 become a broadcast journalist by doing a level 5 journalist or a level 7 senior journalist apprenticeship.
There is a lot of competition for places. Recruitment to the larger broadcast journalist schemes takes place at set times during the year. Check their websites to find out when you can apply.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- 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.
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:
You can apply directly for broadcast journalist roles if you a qualification and some experience. Experience in print journalism is also relevant.
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.