Careers Service

Journalism

There are a number of different types of journalism - broadcast, magazine, fashion, scientific and more.

Journalists are employed by local and national newspapers, broadcasters, news agencies, magazines and online news operations. Jobs are available throughout the UK but competition for posts is keen. Enthusiasm and work experience count for a great deal with employers.

Profiles

Follow the links below for profiles of common occupations in this sector:

Professional bodies

Chartered Institute of Journalists - is the senior professional body for journalists in the UK. The student information contains routes into journalism and tips for finding your first job. The a freelancer directory may be helpful for contacts.

Chartered Institute of Journalists

National Association of Press Agencies - is a self-help membership body with members from agencies providing news and picture coverage throughout the UK. The site contains a searchable directory of members.

National Association of Press Agencies

Newspaper Society - represents and promotes the interests of Britain's regional and local media. It is believed to be the oldest publishers association in the world. The site contains an A-Z of local newspaper websites as well as other useful links. It also has a course directory for journalism training.

Newspaper Society

Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain (SJA) - is an association for British-based professional sports journalists, whether writers or photographers, editors or broadcasters. The site includes useful links, information on specific areas (athletics, equestrian) and details of training and courses.

Sports Journalists' Association of Great Britain (SJA)

Broadcast journalism

Broadcast Journalism Training Council - is a partnership of all the main employers in the UK broadcast industry. The site provides links to colleges and universities with accredited BJTC courses. The website also offers general careers advice on becoming a journalist and also advertises relevant sponsorship and bursaries.

Print journalism

The Paper Boy - extensive links to a wide range of international newspapers.

The Paper Boy

Tab Journalism Guide - The Tab is a group of tabloid-style newspapers for students. The journalism site is a good resource for aspiring newspaper journalists, offering advice on writing style and details of graduate schemes.

Tab Journalism

Scientific journalism

Association of British Science Writers - offers careers information on all aspects of science writing, a member directory and details of jobs and awards.

Association of British Science Writers

European Medical Writers Association - has a section on careers in medical writing, which contains a helpful pdf document and links to journal articles. The site also contains a list of useful reading.

European Medical Writers Association

Sense about Science - is a charitable trust that responds to the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society. They run the ‘Voice of Young Science’ programme which helps research scientists in the early stages of their career to get actively involved in debates about public science.

Sense about Science

For more information about Science Communication see our section on PR:

Public Relations

Useful resources

Audit Bureau of Circulations - provides circulation/data figures for newspapers and magazines in the UK and Ireland.

Audit Bureau of Circulations

Electric Banana - is a non-for-profit music website that is run entirely via contributions from university students across the UK. Gain journalism experience by writing articles and reviews.

Electric Banana

Hold the Front Page - is a journalism website with news, jobs and details of courses.

Hold the Front Page

Institute for War & Peace Reporting - strengthens local journalism in areas of conflict. It works by providing intensive training and setting up collaborations between international and regional journalists.

Institute for War & Peace Reporting

Journalism.co.uk - contains news for journalists, a searchable jobs database and a list of links to the best journalism blogs.

Journalism.co.uk

The Journalism Diversity Fund - a journalism diversity fund exists, which has been set up by members of the industry to support the training of journalists from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds. For details of who is eligible and how to apply, visit the website.

The Journalism Diversity Fund

Music Factory Number One - London-based music blog set up by two Edinburgh graduates who welcome contributions via the website.

Music Factory Number One

National Council for the Training of Journalists - offers advice on becoming a journalist and the various routes in. The website also has details of relevant courses throughout the UK.

National Council for the Training of Journalists

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) - Are an active, campaigning organisation seeking to improve the pay and conditions of members and working to protect and promote media freedom, professionalism and ethical standards in all media. They have a training website with information on training and the NUJ’s courses and careers advice section.

National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

NUJ Training

Careers in Journalism

the Pressgazette - magazine of the journalism industry with articles available online. Also has jobs advertised and searchable list of courses linked to the training supplement.

the Pressgazette

Wannabe Hacks - founded in 2010 by five graduates from the University of Birmingham keen to get into journalism, this website contains tips on choosing courses, getting work experience and finding jobs.

Wannabe Hacks

Vacancy sources

Please note, vacancies may also be listed in many of the sites above.

MyCareerHub

BBC Careers - website has information about working at the BBC and advertises vacancies.

BBC Careers

Journo Resources – provides an updated list of media and journalism graduate schemes or traineeships in the UK.

Journo Resources