Journalist, newspaper or periodical editor

Jobholders in this unit group investigate and write up stories and features for broadcasting and for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals, evaluate and manage their style and content and oversee the editorial direction of these types of output and publication.

Tasks

  • Liaises with production staff in checking final proof copies immediately prior to printing.
  • Selects material for broadcast or publication, checks style, grammar, accuracy and legality of content and arranges for any necessary revisions.
  • Writes articles and features and submits draft manuscripts to newspaper, magazine, periodical or programme editor.
  • Determines subject matter and undertakes research by interviewing, attending public events, seeking out records, reviewing written work, attending film and stage performances etc..

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 12% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£28,371

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for journalist, newspaper or periodical editor is £28,371

1,210 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,210. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for journalist, newspaper or periodical editor roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £28,371 per year. That is about £2,364 per month or £14.55 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,013, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £49,005

Is it growing or declining?

This career has grown over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,210 people are employed in the region.

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