Journalists, newspaper and periodical editors


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Jobholders in this unit group investigate and write up stories and features for broadcasting and for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals, evaluate and manage their style and content and oversee the editorial direction of these types of output and publication.


Entrants usually possess a degree or equivalent qualification. A variety of postgraduate diplomas is available. NVQs/SVQs covering various aspects of journalism are available at Levels 3 and 4.

Typical tasks

  • determines subject matter and undertakes research by interviewing, attending public events, seeking out records, reviewing written work, attending film and stage performances etc.;
  • writes articles and features and submits draft manuscripts to newspaper, magazine, periodical or programme editor;
  • selects material for broadcast or publication, checks style, grammar, accuracy and legality of content and arranges for any necessary revisions;
  • liaises with production staff in checking final proof copies immediately prior to printing.

Common job titles

Representative, press
Writer, freelance
Director, editorial
Journalist, multimedia
Writer (newspaper publishing)
Writer, feature
Editor, managing (newspapers, magazines)
Correspondent, turf
Writer, travel
Journalist, broadcast
Manager, editorial
Journalist, on-line
Writer and editor
Writer, leader
Journalist, online
Correspondent (newspaper publishing)
Correspondent, political
Editor, news (newspaper)
Correspondent, technical
Editor, sub
Editor, copy
Compiler, crossword
Editor, listings
Editor (newspapers, magazines)
Executive, editorial (newspaper)
Editor, production
Editor, newspaper
Writer, features
Journalist (broadcasting)
Correspondent, foreign
Writer (journalism)
Writer, news
Journalist, radio
Editor, art
Journalist, digital
Editor, content (newspapers, magazines)
Reporter, court (newspaper)
Writer, sports
Editor, picture
Correspondent, newspaper
Officer, publications

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.