How to become an apprentice journalist: Natasha's story

Meet Natasha, 20, and find out about life as an apprentice journalist in Halifax. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"Even though you might have your heart set on a career, it's good to try different things out and get new experiences."

  • Natasha decided she didn't want to go to university and instead wanted to follow her goal of becoming a journalist
  • She's completing an 18-month apprenticeship. When she's finished she will have a professional qualification from the National Council for the Training of Journalists, which will make it possible for her to work in this field
  • Natasha experimented with different writing styles and reporting in her own online blog.

What to expect if you want to become an apprentice journalist

  • Newspaper journalist salary: £15,000 to £50,000 per year
  • Newspaper journalist working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be an apprentice journalist?

  • Typical entry requirements: There are a number of routes to a career in newspaper journalism – you can complete a university or college course, apprenticeship, or courses provided by a professional body such as the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). It’s essential you have excellent written and verbal communications skills, knowledge of media production, and are very thorough, with good attention to detail. Journalism today is evolving with more content being written online.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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