£18,720 Average salary at age 20
£48,360 Average Salary
30 Average hours per week


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.

Main Tasks

  • 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.


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.

What Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors studied in higher education

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What Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies2
(C1) Biology1
(F1) Chemistry1
(P4) Publishing1
(V3) History by topic1
(W8) Imaginative writing2
(R9) Others in European languages, literature & related subjects1
(W6) Cinematics & photography2
(Q3) English studies13
(L2) Politics4
(R4) Spanish studies1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic1
(P5) Journalism40
(V5) Philosophy1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics1
(Q1) Linguistics1
(N1) Business studies1
(P3) Media studies5
(V1) History by period3

UK Prospects

106300 Workforce Size
2.41% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
10473 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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