Week 9 – Jobs in the Newspaper Industry

Researcher job role:

  • Explain things in a diplomat and tactful way
  • Be aware of legal and ethical issues that surround the subject I am researching
  • Be responsible handling petty cash
  • Communicate well both verbally and in a written format
  • Be able to keep accurate records of income and spending
  • Present things well
  • Be analytical
  • Pay close attention to small details in information
  • Be intuitive and am good at problem solving
  • Be methodical in work

What kind of qualifications are needed for a researcher?

Basically you can become a researcher without any specific qualifications. Although, a degree in anything media related or something specialist may give you a head start. A degree in TV production is also useful if you intend to research for televised interviews for more entertainment related interviews.

What does a researcher does?

Researchers have a lot on their plate in terms of work. Researchers have to be in the know, they need to have all relevant information before the interview. This way the interviewer can create precise and relevant questions based on current events and also comments the person has been recorded saying. They are also involved in briefing the interviewer and producers on any relevant information they find on the subject they have been looking into. It is also important for a reporter to find contributors to the interview, locations and material that can be used from various different sources, while following the legal guidelines.

How to become a researcher?

As with most roles in the media industry it helps to be in the right place at the right time.

For television research it’s important to be noticed. Therefore starting off as a Runner or a Production Assistant. Then you just have to show you know what you are doing when offered an opportunity. This could be offering a suggestion or making connections within the research team. It’s also relative easy to become a researcher if you have a specialist qualification as you already know a lot about that field. It’s also something that can be moved into from other media relevant jobs such as journalist, writer etc…

Source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/graduate_job_search_results.htm?criteria.keyWord=researcher&criteria.location=

How is the rise of the internet affecting the nature and existence of some roles in the journalism industry?

The rise of the internet has vastly changed the way the world views the majority of its industry. With the technological advancements that accompany it, the internet has been a tool which has caused a great jump forward in efficiency.

For example, before the internet, if a news outlet wished to cover a story on another country they would have to send a reporter to that place, which was expensive and time consuming. Now with video conferencing someone can use a program such as Skype to speak to someone in minutes.

However the internet has caused a lot of job roles to become almost completely redundant. With this increased efficiency one person can take on more than one role. A journalist can now (and is expected to) be well versed in editing and using technology to enhance their stories.

Technology has begun to make jobs more redundant. In order to break a story first, a reporter should be capable and knowledgeable about the use of technology. Due to its immediate nature online reporting allows for a news outlet to break a story. As technology continues to make more and more roles redundant it is important for a journalist to be on the forefront of these changes in order to keep ahead of their competition. The advancements in technology has made it more economically viable for large outlets to have a much smaller staff relative to before the 21st century.

There is a large expectation for journalists to be technologically savvy in order to continue to remain relevant, especially with the growth of online media such as social media – which man journalists are additional tools for research.

Photojournalist Job roles:

  • Be able to express a narrative through pictures or video segments
  • Be able to process and print negatives or film footage
  • Be able to capture images in a manner that is authentic and ethical in nature
  • Be able to appropriately caption or headlines to accompany photos taken
  • Be well versed in the use of image editing software (such as Photoshop)
  • Prepare audio to go alongside video segments
  • Be able to pitch ideas and photographs to editorial staff
  • Travelling to locations for photo shoots
  • Be capable of editing photographs or video to a specific format for the internet.

Source: http://www.journalismdegree.com/photojournalist-job-description/

Editorial Assistant Job roles:

  • Support the editorial staff in anything leading to a publication – acting as a personal assistant and overseeing tasks such as issuing contracts and dealing with royalties
  • Talking with other teams such as reporters, journalists, photographers, printers designers etc… and negotiate timescales for stages in the publishing process
  • Dealing with the admin work commissioned to freelance writers, picture researchers, photographers, stylists and illustrators
  • Organising and researching to deadlines
  • Summarising written material
  • Correcting manuscripts
  • Obtaining rights for use of materials from other publications
  • Using computers and software – word, publishing software, e-mail etc.
  • Dealing with phone and e-mail queries
  • Filing and photocopying and other basic admin

Could include:

  • writing articles and reports
  • Amending articles
  • Collating work of several different athors
  • Using specific publishing packages.

In terms of online it could include:

  • Proofing, editing and writing online content including the use of social media
  • Uploading text and image to the website using a management system
  • Compiling newsletters using web design software and distributing newsletters using specific software.


Source: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/editorial_assistant_job_description.htm


Photojournalism Job Advert


London, EC3V

£20,000 Plus Bonus (£2,000)


Are you a passionate about photography or video with a history of creating attention grabbing content? Looking for an exciting role where each day is different from the last? If so, then you have a fantastic opportunity to expand and develop your career with a leader of the industry.

Our client is an expert with business and communications for the independent convenience sector. They are now looking for a Photojournalist to join their team.

With a friendly atmosphere and a culture that fosters a fast moving culture, our client is a giant in the industry with continuous growth and improvement, making this the ideal environment in which a budding journalist can learn, grown and thrive.

As a photojournalist, you’ll be responsible for expressing a narrative through images or video segments that is relevant and comprehensive of the convenience retail market for our client’s publication.

Constantly developing your knowledge of the convenience retail industry, you’ll produce accurate and concise copy to help maintain our client’s status as a leading trade publication. You’ll generate fresh and unique ideas for articles built around your images and help to develop the company’s digital brand by delivering engaging online content.

You will be invited to attend industry events and conferences where you’ll develop a variety of key contacts. Above all, you’ll make sure that our client is a stand out from its competitors through the creation of informative and engaging news and features presented through your imagery and video pieces.

Think you’re up to the challenge? If so you’ll need:

-Experience of creating content for print or online publications, gained within your studies, a commercial environment or similar

-Experience and knowledge of journalist’s English

-A degree

As a Photojournalist, you must have exceptional planning and communication skills, both written and verbal. You must be highly adaptable with an approach oriented around deadlines.

Knowledge of the convenience retail industry would be beneficial to your application. Journalism experience and qualifications would also be advantageous, as would IT and reporter skills.

To apply for the role of Photojournalist, please contact us at: ###########

This vacancy is being advertised by Scott Is Awesome Ltd.

How to acquire a job in Photojournalism

In terms of getting a job as a Photojournalist I would need to work on specific skill sets – the most prominent of which being both photography and videography. 

I would need to practise with software such as Photoshop as well as become more competent with specific hardware that I unskilled in – such as professional standard cameras. I would also need to learn how to frame a picture that captures the story appropriately and then come up with a caption that best contributes to the story.  

In terms of qualifications it in an expectation that, in the industry, all those pursuing journalism have a least a degree (preferably in journalism or another form of media production) and in some cases an NTCJ qualification. This will, in terms of qualifications, put me in the running for acquiring a job. However, without experience in industry or a portfolio of both photos and videos showcasing my skills the qualifications can only get someone so far.

Therefore I would need to document any experience I acquired in order to create an impressive CV as well as a portfolio of my work. Getting published in a local publication through work experience or other such opportunity would increase the likelihood of at least getting to the interview stage. B0eing able to talk about past experience during an interview also helps to makes you a much likelier candidate to acquire a job.

In some cases acquiring work as a runner for a publication or television news outlet would allow for both experience in industry and allow for the opportunity to make contacts and possibly work with other photojournalists when needed. In some cases this can even lead to employment with the publication; being hired on from originally starting as a runner.


Week 9 – Jobs in the Newspaper Industry

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