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.
Follow the links below for profiles of common occupations in this sector:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Paper Boy - extensive links to a wide range of international newspapers.
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.
Association of British Science Writers - offers careers information on all aspects of science writing, a member directory and details of jobs and awards.
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.
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.
For more information about Science Communication see our section on PR:
Audit Bureau of Circulations - provides circulation/data figures for newspapers and magazines in the UK and Ireland.
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.
Hold the Front Page - is a journalism website with news, jobs and details of courses.
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.
Journalism.co.uk - contains news for journalists, a searchable jobs database and a list of links to the best journalism blogs.
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.
Music Factory Number One - London-based music blog set up by two Edinburgh graduates who welcome contributions via the website.
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 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.
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.
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.
Please note, vacancies may also be listed in many of the sites above.