Broadcast Journalist

Job Description:

Broadcast journalists research and present the news on TV, radio and the internet.

Job Category:
Culture, Media & Sport

What you will do:

As a broadcast journalist you might:

  • research stories, follow ‘leads’ or develop ideas
  • prepare and conduct live and pre-recorded interviews
  • present in a TV or radio studio or on location
  • record voiceovers for recorded material
  • ask questions at briefings and press conferences
  • direct a small camera or sound crew or operate equipment yourself


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • knowledge of English language
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • the ability to use your initiative (leadership skills)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations (adaptability skills)
  • customer service skills
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Entry Requirements:

To become a broadcast journalist, specific subjects are not typically required. However, having a strong educational background in relevant areas can be beneficial. Here are some recommended subjects:

  1. English Language: Strong communication skills, including reading, writing, and speaking, are essential for broadcast journalism. English Language provides a solid foundation in language and communication.
  2. Media Studies or Communication: Media studies or communication can provide valuable insights into the principles of journalism, media production, and storytelling.
  3. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): ICT can help you become proficient in using computer software, digital media tools, and technology commonly used in broadcast journalism.
  4. Art or Design: Courses in art or design can be beneficial if you are interested in creating visual content for broadcasts or managing graphics for news programs.
  5. Mathematics: Basic math skills are useful for understanding statistics, data analysis, and budget management, which can be relevant in journalism.

While specific subjects are not mandatory, having a general education that includes strong communication skills, media awareness, and digital literacy can be advantageous in preparing for a career as a broadcast journalist.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

Most broadcast journalists have either a degree in journalism or a degree in another subject followed by a postgraduate qualification in broadcast journalism.

Graduate trainee schemes
As a graduate you could apply to broadcasting companies who offer advanced journalism trainee schemes. Places are limited and competition is strong.

You may be able to become a broadcast journalist by, for example in the UK, doing a level 5 journalist or a level 7 senior journalist apprenticeship.

There is a lot of competition for places. Recruitment to the larger broadcast journalist schemes takes place at set times during the year. Check their websites to find out when you can apply.

You could start as a production assistant, media researcher or runner with a broadcasting company and work your way up.

Volunteering is a good way to get experience of what it’s like to work in the media and will help when you apply for courses and jobs.

Direct Application
You can apply directly for broadcast journalist roles if you a qualification and some experience. Experience in print journalism is also relevant.

Career tips
You could create an online showreel to show potential employers examples of your work.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 37 to 39 hours a week, occasionally including evenings, weekends, or holidays at short notice.

You could work at a TV studio, from home, in an office or at a film studio.

Your working environment may be you’ll travel often and outdoors in all weathers.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience, you could become a studio presenter or a special news correspondent.

You could also make, produce or manage your own programmes.