Fact File

I chose to do a fact file on 21st Century Newsroom as it is related to what I want to do for a career. To make it more related to the career I want, I decided to look into both magazine journalism and copy editor.

The traditional role of a journalist has changed drastically. At the start the main tools of a journalist was pen and paper, however now it is more advanced and technology based. In the 21st Century, journalist use a variety of different technologies from cameras and recording devices, to laptops and software including indesign, muse and photoshop.

Examples of journalism companies include BBC, CNN and ITV. Journalism companies that are related to my career include The National Magazine Comapny Ltd, Bauer Media Group and Conde Nast International Ltd for magazine journalism. For publishing, companies include Bloomsbury Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Penguin and Little, Brown and Company.

A journalist writes for newspapers or magazines. They can also prepare news to be broadcasted on the radio or TV. Skills required for a magazine journalist include: excellent writing skills – for example, working for a broadsheet you would need to write professionally and formally where as for a tabloid it can be more laid back,  a proactive approach to investigating and good research skills, determination and persistence, strong interpersonal skills, IT skills and an ability to use software such as InDesign and Photoshop. As a journalist you can either for an organisation or freelance. With working for an organisation you have a stable job and wage and are told what you need to write about. However, with freelance you don’t really have a stable job or pay and you have to find your own work. Also, you get to write whatever you want and then pitch it to organisations.

To be a magazine journalist you can do a bachelor’s degree in journalism or related subject, however it isn’t essential. You can also do an NCTJ course which would also help you in magazine journalism. In this sector of journalism you can either work part time or full time and don’t have strict set hours. Deadlines may mean irregular hours.

A copy editor makes sure that texts are accurate and free from spelling and grammar mistakes before its sent to be published. Skills required for a copy editor are: a thorough knowledge of English language, concentration, accuracy and great attention to detail, as well as an ability to multitask, the ability to meet tight deadlines, self motivation and IT skills.

Having a bachelor’s degree in publishing, media or related subject would help with this career choice. Copy Editor working hours vary. In-house based copy editors usually work regular office hours but may need to work longer hours in busy periods. Due to the nature of the work, deadlines may be very tight.

Skills Audit

Job Title – Features Editor – Bauer Media Group Peterborough

Skills Needed –  an indepth knowledge of photography and magazine production, need to be ambitious; organised and versatile, excellent writing and communication skills, the ability to create brilliant feature ideas.

Skills I Have – my creativity and journalistic writing skills are evident as in my first year of my diploma I had to create a magazine front cover and two double page spreads. Also, I used communication skills when working in focus groups for feedback on my work. Furthermore, I used determination when working towards my final grade for my final major project. In my first year of college I also worked on my photography skill as I learnt how to use a DSLR camera and then used the skills I had learnt to produce photos for my final major project. Additionally, having to write articles for my final major project helped me develop my feature writing skill. During the summer 2016 I also took part in the Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield and volunteered at my local library as a publicising team member which helped me work on all of these skills. Also, having my own personal blog helps me work on my professional writing skills and photography.

 

http://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/Bauer-Media/jobs/Feature-Editor-bd4436a2ad88bb12?q=features+writer

Job Title – Editor – Harper Collins

http://www.indeed.co.uk/viewjobjk=211ea8b8d820b1d3&q=Commissioning+Editor&tk=1asmn4m9m9u0sb7h&from=we

Skills Needed –  knowledge of digital publishing processes ad workflows, excellent attention to detail, strong communication skills. Experience in publishing as an editor or assistant editor, project management and working with and managing a team.

Skills I Have – my creativity and journalistic writing skills are evident as in my first year of my diploma I had to create a magazine front cover and two double page spreads. Also, I used communication skills when working in focus groups for feedback on my work. Furthermore, I used determination when working towards my final grade for my final major project. In my first year of college I also worked on my photography skill as I learnt how to use a DSLR camera and then used the skills I had learnt to produce photos for my final major project. Additionally, having to write articles for my final major project helped me develop my feature writing skill. During the summer 2016 I also took part in the Migration Matters Festival in Sheffield and volunteered at my local library as a publicising team member which helped me work on all of these skills. Also, having my own personal blog helps me work on my professional writing skills and photography.

 

My Personal Action Plan

Career Choice(s)

My career choices are a magazine feature writer or a copy editor in publishing.

My Target Grade for the UAL Course

My target grade for this course is a Distinction/Merit

My Course Choices

BA – Journalism (Joint Honours) with English Language at De Montfort Leicester University

Entry Requirements – DMM – DDM

I chose this course because the modules for this course sounded really interesting and focused on the type of journalism I wanted to do. Also, studying joint honours will allow me to combine to areas that interest me. Furthermore, during the course there are many opportunities for you to do work placements in the UK and abroad.

 

BA – Journalism/Journalism with English Language at Chester University

Entry Requirements – DMM

I chose this course because the modules sounded really interesting. Also, studying the joint honours courses gives me more options for careers once I graduated.

 

BA – Multimedia Journalism at Manchester Metropolitan Univesity

Entry Requirements – DMM or 104-112 tariff points

I chose this course because it specialises in more than traditional journalism and teaches you about all platforms.

 

BA – Media Production: Journalism at York St John University

Entry Requirements – 96-112 tariff points

Although I don’t like the sound of all the modules, I chose this course because it covers all aspects of journalism.

 

BA – Journalism at Leeds Beckett University

Entry Requirements – 120 tariff points

I chose this course because the modules sounded really interesting and mainly focused on the platforms of journalism I am interested in.

 

Work Experience

Migration Matters Festival – Feature Writer

Sheffield Sharks – Feature Co-writer

Ecclesfield Library – Volunteer

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English-language_book_publishing_companies#L

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/magazine-journalist

http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries/publishing/job_roles/4267_copy_editor

 

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