When Martin P was just 15 years old he saw the film 'The Blue Lagoon' and decided he too wanted to live as a castaway on a completely uninhabited Pacific Island. This "started a chain reaction" which has seen him go from working as a researcher at the House of Commons to presenting the news for BBC News Channel, Five, BBC World and SKY News.
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DescriptionJobholders 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.
QualificationsEntrants 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.
- 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.
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