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Broadcast journalists are involved in the research, writing and editing of material for broadcast for news and current affairs programmes TV and radio. They generate stories, interview people, attend press conferences and write the features.
Many journalists have to start from the bottom and make their way up the career ladder by proving their ability. Starting in the newsroom you can progress to a reporter and then with suitable experience you may progress to general or special correspondents or presenters.
Broadcast journalists work long hours, including nights, weekends and public holidays. The majority of broadcast journalists are graduates and will have a degree in journalism. The National Council for the Training of Journalist (NCTJ) offers a range of courses of interest to broadcast journalists.
Training is provided in-house by broadcasting companies. Entry into this industry is very competitive and work experience is necessary to get you foot in the door. Examples of work experience that is valued by employers could be voluntary work at a hospital or student radio stations, local radio and newspapers. Some organisations offer work experience, especially in the summer months.
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