How to become a music news reporter: Clare's story

Meet Clare and find out more about life as a music news reporter for BBC Radio 6 Music. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I think passion gets you through. Eventually, it might take some time, but you will get to where you want to be.

  • Clare works as a music news reporter for BBC Radio 6 Music. At festivals like Bluedot, she meets artists that are playing, gets a feel for the festival and reports back into radio programmes like Radio 6's Radcliffe and Maconie show

  • On days she's in the office, she liaises with promoters who contact her telling her about artists' new albums. She works out which programmes the artists may be well suited to, interviews them and creates packages to be used on-air

  • Some key skills Clare has drawn on include having a good eye for a story, communicating well with people and being organised so she can juggle different tasks

  • After her GCSEs, Clare went to college but didn't study anything to do with music journalism. She didn't go to uni but, instead, built up experience in the field by volunteering at a radio station, becoming a runner at the BBC and doing lots of networking

  • For Clare, getting into the industry is all about practical experience and passion – getting out there and showing people what you can bring to the table!

What to expect if you want to be a broadcast journalist

Broadcast journalists research and present news stories and factual programmes on TV, radio and the internet. You can specialise in a certain area, like Clare has with music.

  • Broadcast journalist salary: £13,000 to £80,000 per year
  • Broadcast journalist working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week. You may work evenings, weekends and bank holidays
  • Typical entry requirements: You can get this role through a university course, graduate training scheme, or building up experience and applying directly. Most broadcast journalists enter the job after doing a degree or postgraduate qualification in broadcast journalism. Some courses are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. You'll usually need two to three A-levels for a degree ad a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course. Alternatively, you could start as a production assistant or runner with a broadcasting company and work your way up to this role. Volunteering is a good way to get experience of what it's like to work in the media and will help when you apply for courses and jobs. Organisations offering work experience opportunities include: Community Media Association, Hospital Broadcasting Association, ITV, Channel 4 and BBC.

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

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