The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest students and graduates from the Centre for Journalism.
Broadcast Journalists research, compile and present news items for television, radio and the internet. Duties and responsibilities vary depending on the media in which the Broadcast Journalist works.
Broadcast Presenters are the public face or voice of programmes on television, radio or the internet. They present news information in an accessible and appropriate way for the tone of the programme.
Editorial Assistants provide support through all stages of publication for books, journals, magazines, websites and newsletters. This role supports senior editorial staff in all areas of the publication process.
Magazine Journalists research, interview and write news articles and features for publications including consumer titles, customer magazines and trade publications.
TARGET Jobs Website: Magazine Journalist
Newspaper Journalists gather information, research and write articles on various topics for inclusion in newspapers. This could be local, regional or national press.
Prospects Job Profile: Newspaper Journalist
A Press Photographer takes photographs to record events and lifestyle stories using the best images to support the printed word.
Programme Researchers work with the Producer and Production team. They can be involved with contributing ideas, sourcing contacts and verifying information.
Public Relations Officer
PR officers use a variety of media and communication channels to build, maintain and manage the reputation of their clients.
Press Sub-Editors are responsible for checking the written text of publications. They are concerned with grammar, spelling and the tone and style of the work.
Prospects Job Profile: Press Sub-Editor
Publishing Copy-Editors or Proofreaders work across a range of publications. They are concerned with the clarity, quality and consistency of the writing as well as ensuring that it is credible and complete.
Prospects Job Profile: Publishing Copy-Editor/Proofreader
Radio Broadcast Assistant
Radio Broadcast Assistants support Programme Producers and Presenters to ensure the smooth running of the show. They can be involved in planning, researching, producing and administrating radio programmes.
Prospects Job Profile: Radio Broadcast Assistant
Radio Producers are involved in the entire process of radio programme productions, from conception through to production as well as in the commercial and business management aspects.
Prospects Job Profile: Radio Producer
Please note that some of these careers may require further study.
For further information on these careers, see also:
A Journalism degree may be useful in the following career areas:
Advertising Copywriters work with client briefs to devise, develop and produce advertising campaigns. They work alongside Art Directors and creative departments in advertising or media agencies.
Advertising Account Executive
Advertising Account Executives act as a link between the client and agency. They are responsible for the coordination of advertising campaigns and communicating with all those involved.
Marketing executives develop marketing campaigns to promote a product, service or idea. It is a varied role that includes planning, advertising, public relations, event organisation, product development, distribution, sponsorship and research.
Digital Copywriters produce the written content and copy for webpages. Working with clients their job is to engage the reader to encourage them to buy products and services.
Digital Marketers are involved in communication strategies across a number of platforms and methods. They will be involved in social media marketing, mobile marketing, SEO amongst others.
Prospects Job Profile: Digital Marketer
Writers are involved in the creation of non-fiction and fiction. This could be in a large variety of formats ranging from web content to poetry and beyond.
Media Buyers are concerned with advertising space and airtime. They negotiate, purchase and monitor on behalf of clients and aim to reach the highest number of people for the lowest cost.
Media Planners identify the most suitable media platform for clients to use to advertise their product or brand.
A Technical Writer communicates technical information about products and services in an accessible way. This could be for instruction manuals, user guides, training guides or online instructions.
Public Affairs Consultant
Sometimes referred to as Lobbyists, Public Affairs Consultants use their knowledge of the political system to offer advice to clients about politics and public policy.
As well as teaching through lectures and seminars, academic staff in higher education also carry out research and a wide range of administrative and pastoral tasks. Although a teaching qualification is not always required, you will need a higher degree, normally a PhD. Competition is strong for entry-level academic posts.
You may be interested in graduate roles outside of Journalism. There are many employers who are looking for graduates with good degrees but that don’t have a preference for the subject studied. To explore different career options see:
As well as their subject-specific knowledge and skills, a graduate in Journalism will typically have the ability to:
- Gather, organise and deploy information, images and data
- Engage critically with major practitioners, debates and paradigms within the subject area and put them to productive use
- Carry out various forms of research
- Reflect upon the relevance of your own cultural commitment and positioning to the practice of journalism.
- Complete close analysis
- Consider and evaluate your own work
- Present information in a variety of ways
- Work to deadlines
- Work productively in a group or team
- Use IT to perform a range of tasks
- Identify and define problems, assess possible solutions and discriminate between them
This is not an exhaustive list of skills – you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience.
Find a job
The Careers and Employability Service provides information and advice on job searching to University of Kent students and recent graduates. This includes a vacancy database advertising a range of graduate jobs, sandwich placements and vacation work/internships. The websites listed below may also be useful when searching for a job and when looking for further information on this sector.
- Broadcast Journalism Training Council
- Creative Skillset
- Hold the Front Page specialises in Journalism and PR roles. The site also has further resources and news for the industry.
- ITV News Traineeship
- Journo Resources is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping young people break into the media industry by providing a free set of tools and resources.
- Journalism.co.uk has information about vacancies, courses and resources for freelancers
- National Council for the Training of Journalists
- Press Gazette has a jobs page in addition to industry news and information
- Data Driven Journalism is a hub for industry professionals who use data in the service of journalism
- Greatreporter.com showcases and syndicates the work of professional reporters and photographers, worldwide.
- Journalist’s Resource is an open-access site that curates scholarly studies and reports
- Media.info have worldwide media contacts, information and analysis
- National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has a variety of resources available to members.
- News Media Association represent the interests of the industry. They have various news and information on current issues.
- Paperboy links to news sites worldwide
- Women in Journalism is for networking, campaigning, training and social organisation.
At the University of Kent the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Diploma in Journalism is studied alongside the undergraduate course and this training is highly regarded by employers within the journalism industry. Some Journalism graduates do go on to take further training at postgraduate level. This could be to gain specialist knowledge in a particular area that could support them in their journalism career, for example business, politics, law, international relations.