Roles and responsibilities
- gather news and information by interviewing people and attending events
- undertake research to provide background information for articles
- assess the suitability of reports and articles for publication or broadcast, within an established style and format and edit as necessary
- write articles that comment on or interpret news events and that may put forward a point of view on behalf of the publication
- present reports on air
- present news on air
If you wish to be a journalist, there are many fields you could explore. Most journalists work on newspapers or in radio and television, press agencies or magazines. Others move into publicity roles in government departments or work as press secretaries for government ministers or in related fields such as advertising, marketing and public relations.
Technological changes have increased the speed of exchange of information, leading to a more interpretative role for journalists. This has increased the demand for journalists with expertise in specialist fields such as economics and political science.
Journalists usually start as cadets and report routine events.
In newspapers and on radio and television, most reporters are expected to be 'generalists' and able to cover almost any topic of interest. All journalists are required to understand the laws of defamation, contempt and copyright.
Relevant postgraduate courses include: