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€21k - €58k
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In Brief...

Radio/television journalists report on news items. It is necessary to respond to a story at very short notice and have the material ready by a deadline.


  • 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.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

In Summary - Journalist - Radio / Television

Career Sectors

Journalist - Radio / Televisions typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Media & Publishing
TV and Online Video
Media & Publishing

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Further Information

The Work - Journalist - Radio / Television

Radio/television journalists collect and report on news and other items of interest to radio and television. Ideas for news and features are found by monitoring other media and following up leads provided by specialist staff, local contacts and members of the public. In presenting news slots, journalists need to select and prioritise items, giving more time or attention to those that are judged to be most important.  
Journalists in local radio, in RTE and commercial broadcasting companies, gain a wide range of experience; attending public events, conducting interviews and editing tapes, as well as researching and writing bulletins and reports.  
Journalists employed in national television and radio are either reporters, who go out and collect stories, or sub-editors (sometimes known as writers), who write bulletins in the newsroom. Writers work alongside technical and production staff. They organise maps, graphics and captions and scripts that accompany reporters' stories. However, these roles are becoming more blurred due to advances in digital technology.  
The programme editor decides upon news items and sends the reporter (sometimes accompanied by a technical and camera crew) to collect more information. Reporters assess the event to be covered, collect and present background information and interview key people. Reports may be broadcast 'live', but if they are recorded, the reporter makes detailed notes to assist in editing the video. Many reporters file their stories for radio as well as television.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Analyze and interpret news and information received from various sources to broadcast the information.
  • Write commentaries, columns, or scripts, using computers.
  • Examine news items of local, national, and international significance to determine topics to address, or obtain assignments from editorial staff members.
  • Coordinate and serve as an anchor on news broadcast programs.
  • Edit news material to ensure that it fits within available time or space.
  • Select material most pertinent to presentation, and organize this material into appropriate formats.
  • Gather information and develop perspectives about news subjects through research, interviews, observation, and experience.
  • Present news stories, and introduce in-depth videotaped segments or live transmissions from on-the-scene reporters.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • 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.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • 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.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Interests - Journalist - Radio / Television

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.


The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.


You must be able to write in an objective, clear, direct style using language appropriate to the audience. As you may present your own material, verbal fluency and a good microphone voice are important. To interview effectively, you need to think of a series of good questions and then ask them in a tactful and persuasive way.  
Commitment and stamina are vital in order to survive the long, irregular hours of highly pressured work. Shorthand and typing skills are useful. Knowledge of legal, ethical and company guidelines is essential.

Entry Requirements - Journalist - Radio / Television

Pay & Salary - Journalist - Radio / Television

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €21k - €58k

Data Source(s):

Last Updated: March, 2017

* 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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