Work Nature

  • Mass communication involves transmission of information to large numbers of people through the use of mass media.
  • Take up the role of journalists, writers, editors, public relations among others
  • Interviewing people in a range of different circumstances.
  • Generating ideas for stories and features and following leads from news agencies, the police, the public, press conferences and other sources.
  • Building contacts to maintain a flow of news, for example, police and emergency services, local council, community groups, health trusts, press officers from a variety of organisations, the general public, etc.
  • Seeking out and investigating stories via your contacts, press releases and other media.
  • Attending press conferences and asking questions.
  • Attending a range of events, such as council meetings, magistrates' court proceedings, football matches, talent contests, etc.
  • Working closely with the news team, photographers and editors.
  • Recording interviews and meetings using shorthand or technical equipment.
  • Producing concise and accurate copy according to the newspaper's house style and to strict deadlines - daily newspapers may have several each day.
  • Writing short 'fillers' to entertain and researching and writing longer feature articles, sometimes for subsidiary publications and supplements.
  • Creating and uploading news content for the newspaper website.
    • 'Live' online reporting or real-time blogging when covering important events - a growing area of work, especially on national newspapers.
    • Journalists can occupy a number of roles within the media including:

      • Editor.
      • Reporter.
      • Presenter/news anchor.
      • Producer.
      • Correspondent.


Key Skills

  • Editing
  • Oral / Verbal Communication
  • Writing Procedures & Documentation


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