Occupation | Weston College

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.


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

Typical Education Level

Level 4-6

Entrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification. A variety of postgraduate diplomas is available. NVQs/SVQs covering various aspects of journalism are available at Levels 3 and 4.

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


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for journalist, newspaper or periodical editor is £26,598

1,001 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,001. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

99 jobs

Job Postings

Over the past year, 99 jobs have been posted for journalist, newspaper or periodical editor roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £26,598 per year. That is about £2,217 per month or £13.64 per hour. New workers generally start on £16,965, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £45,825

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,001 people are employed in the region.

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