How to become a science journalist: Rosie's story

I was always interested in science. I thought the human body was fascinating.

Age

24

In my job

I prepare articles for the science section in a student-run magazine called FELIX. We publish on a weekly basis, so I have a regular routine, with a clear steps I need to complete in order to get articles ready in time for publication. First, I send out an email at the beginning of the week to recruit writers for the upcoming edition. Next, I read and re-draft the articles, and send them back to the authors before they can submit a final version for print. I help them to express and communicate their passion and viewpoint on a particular topic within science. Once all the articles are finalised, I work on the layout, including where the images will go. Lastly, I send it to the editor who receives the final copy, and approves it for print. Then the magazine is distributed throughout the university for everyone to read!

At school

I was always interested in Science. I thought the human body was fascinating. I always wondered about how our brains allow us to think. This led me to pick a number of Science GCSEs, alongside my interest in English. So, in my GCSEs I chose English Language and Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Business and IT. I decided from my GCSE choices that I really enjoyed science and then did work experience in pharmacies and with the local doctor.

At college

I decided to do Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Economics for my A-levels.

At university

I’m currently completing a postgraduate degree in imaging, with my research having a particular focus on brain imaging. I also get to pursue my passion for journalism by writing about various science events and becoming involved with the student newspaper.

Rosie's career path

What to expect if you want to become a science journalist

  • Magazine journalist salary: Variable ranging from £18,000 to £40,000
  • Magazine journalist working hours: Average 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a science journalist?

  • Entry requirements: No set requirements, but most magazine journalists have a Higher National Diploma (HND), degree or equivalent qualification. You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship. You’ll usually need knowledge of the subject area your magazine deals with

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

Find out more on the Prospects website about the role of a science journalist.

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