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€48k > 63 
Newspaper Journalist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€48 - 63 
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Last Updated: June, 2010

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Listed as occupation with higher than average medium term employment growth prospects, indicating that job opportunities are expected to be relatively more plentiful in the future (Source: Regional Labour Markets Bulletin September 2014)

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Occupational Category

Media Professionals

Also included in this category:

Journalists; editors; reporters; public relations officers; public relations consultants; press officers; creative directors

Number Employed:

5,200

Part time workers: 15%
Aged over 55: 13%
Male / Female: 38 / 63%
Non-Nationals: 8%
With Third Level: 91%
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At a Glance... header image

Reports news, sport & fashion information for newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations.


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The Work header image

Journalists work on news or features, reporting in one of three main areas - newspapers, magazines or radio/television. Journalists carry out research that involves collecting information, and investigating stories and events. Journalists often interview people to gain the information they need. When they have finished their research, they write the report or article for publication or broadcast. Journalists often have to work to tight deadlines.  
 
Experienced journalists may become sub-editors. Sub-editing involves checking written reports and articles for accuracy, legality and the correct use of English. Sub-editors also write headlines and design pages.

Newspaper Journalists:
Direct entry to the national press is almost impossible. Nearly all journalists start work on local newspapers and report on regular events such as council meetings, court sessions, football matches and local shows. These 'on diary' events are assigned to reporters by the editor or chief reporter. For some assignments, the reporter has to collect background information by using personal contacts and libraries. They gain insight into events by interviewing commentators or participants.  
 
News must be up-to-date, which means the reporter may have to compromise between gathering information and meeting deadlines. As well as covering planned events, reporters seek their own news items by, for example, relating national news to local affairs, making regular contact with hospitals, the fire service and police, and using their own contacts.

Magazine Journalists:
Magazine journalists write news and features and also carry out sub-editing. Journalists write about areas of interest for the magazine's readers and so need to keep up-to-date with developments and trends in the subject area. Many journalists are involved in production as well as the creative aspects of the job. Sub-editing involves improving raw copy, some of which may have been written by non-journalists, and checking for accuracy, legality and the correct use of English.

Fashion Journalists:
Expertise in fashion and advanced writing skills. Journalism requires you to communicate ideas and facts in an interesting way. Fashion journalism focuses on design trends. beauty products and marketing strategies. wrritten to appeal to image-conscious consumers. Depending on your particular interests and skills. you can find a job in fashion journalism that suits your style.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events.

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Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.

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Review copy and correct errors in content, grammar, and punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.

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Review and evaluate notes taken about event aspects in order to isolate pertinent facts and details.

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Determine a story's emphasis, length, and format, and organize material accordingly.

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Research and analyze background information related to stories in order to be able to provide complete and accurate information.

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Gather information about events through research, interviews, experience, or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social, or other functions.

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Investigate breaking news developments, such as disasters, crimes, or human-interest stories.

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Research and report on specialized fields such as medicine, science and technology, politics, foreign affairs, sports, arts, consumer affairs, business, religion, crime, or education.

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Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

All journalists, regardless of their specialism, require similar attributes and skills. A good command of English, along with clarity, and fluency of style is essential. Journalists need discipline so they can organise time and resources effectively and work to deadlines. They also need typing skills, and a knowledge of shorthand is useful.  
 
Journalists need to be inquisitive, persistent, willing to travel, and able to communicate well when explaining ideas and information, and when interviewing people. They also need an interest in current affairs or the specialist subject that they are reporting on, and need a good understanding of their audience.


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Organisation: National Union of Journalists
  Address: Irish Office, Spencer House, Spencer Row, off Store Street, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 8170340/8170341
  Email: info@nuj.ie
  Url www.nuj.org.uk
   

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Organisation: National Union of Journalists
  Address: Irish Office, Spencer House, Spencer Row, off Store Street, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 8170340/8170341
  Email: info@nuj.ie
  Url www.nuj.org.uk
   

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Organisation: National Union of Journalists
  Address: Irish Office, Spencer House, Spencer Row, off Store Street, Dublin 1.
  Tel: (01) 8170340/8170341
  Email: info@nuj.ie
  Url www.nuj.org.uk
   

 

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