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Journalist and Other Writer

Compose articles, stories and other content for news, education, artistic, sporting, commercial or social media platforms.

Overview

Journalists and other writers research, compose, edit and present stories, feature articles and commentaries or opinion pieces. Writing activities may span across a variety of media including print (newspapers and magazines), digital (websites, podcasts and apps), online publications, radio and television.

Work is mobile and ranges from an office environment (at a media organisation, at home or on the road) across any of the environments the journalist gathers information from. National or international travel may be required.

Suited to those with a sound general knowledge who like to stay well informed about current events and trends. Some writers need to have in-depth knowledge in their area of speciality.

A strong command of the English language and excellent interviewing, reporting, research, writing and communication skills are essential.

Day-to-day

  • undertake research and gather information
  • collect, analyse and verify facts from media and printed materials, interviews and investigations
  • write articles, commentaries or stories for newspapers, radio, television, cinema, catalogues, magazines, journals and digital channels
  • interview subjects for journalistic stories
  • comply with a code of ethics regarding fairness, honestly, transparency and respect in reporting
  • be involved in content reviews prior to publication.

Considerations

  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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$1,576 / week
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Stable

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