Life as a journalist

So, what can you expect from a career as a journalist? Journalism is one of the most exciting careers around, with many varied roles and specialisms - and no two days are the same!

Journalism careers guide

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We have lots of resources to help you find out more about what life as a journalist is like, from Q&As with journalists in a range of roles to information on salaries and the different types of journalism.

Journalism careers guide

Do you want to be a journalist? Our journalism careers guide is packed full of information, tips and advice on how to get into one of the most exciting careers around.


Journalism is one of the most exciting careers around, but what can you expect to be paid once you’re qualified?…

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Types of journalism

Nowadays, journalism is not fragmented into different areas, such as print, broadcast, online or magazines, as it once was. Journalists are expected to be multiskilled and multimedia. Here, we explore some of the types of journalism and roles that exist.


Are you thinking of a career in journalism but wonder whether the job is the right fit for you? Here’s a list of attributes that make a good journalist and some of them may surprise you!…


Industry research

The NCTJ is committed to an ongoing programme of research to provide the industry with up-to-date labour market information about journalism.

Future of journalism

Journalism is more important than ever, and while the industry is going through great change, we remain positive about the future and persistent advocates of trusted journalism. …

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