Publishing, Journalism and Writing

The media and publishing sector is going through a transitional period due to the impact of the internet as a major news and information provider.  Whilst traditional forms of journalism maintain a strong presence, employers are increasingly seeking additional skills in multimedia such as blog writing from new entrants in all areas. 

Publishing and Printing

Sector Insights

  • Books & Publishing Industry Guide (Business & IP Centre, British Library) - a downloadable guide to directories, market research and statistics, trade magazines and newspapers, and internet sources
  • Media Guardian (The Guardian) - latest media news and jobs
  • Media & Publishing  - an overview of the media and publishing industry in the UK
  • Prospects: a professional insight into the careers in this industry

Example job roles in the sector from prospects;

Professional bodies

The following organisations may be of help to you and provide some levels of careers information about the publishing profession:

Relevant employers

The following websites should be of substantial help to you in relation to careers information, work experience and job hunting within the publishing industry.

  • Independent Publishers Guild -provides advice on jobs and getting published
  • Book Careers.com- provides a substantial amount of practical advice on finding a career in publishing. Excellent links to careers information, publishing houses etc. Probably the ‘best’ practical website on publishing.
  • The London Book Fair- offers you the opportunity to meet with over 23,000 publishing professionals. Has a leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Excellent careers advice and publications available.
  • The Recruitment & Employment Confederation -  under publishing/printing/packaging.
  • The Bookseller: an excellent source of vacancies in the publishing industry. Do not think this is just for those interested in book retail; it includes but goes beyond this part of the sector.
  • The Society of Young Publishers - contains a feast of careers information and job vacancies.
  • The Society of Young Publishers Scotland 
Journalism and Writing

As with other areas the media and journalism sector is going through a transitional period common career opportunities include jobs for reporters, writers, and editors. These professionals often fill more than one role depending on the size of the publication. As a freelance journalist, a person may also come up with other ways of presenting news items to an audience, such as through social media, video, or interactive materials.

Industry insights 

  • Books & Publishing Industry Guide (Business & IP Centre, British Library) - a downloadable guide to directories, market research and statistics, trade magazines and newspapers, and internet sources
  • Media Guardian (The Guardian) - latest media news and jobs
  • Media & Publishing (Graduate Prospects) - an overview of the media and publishing industry in the UK
  • TV & Film Industry Guide (Business & IP Centre, British Library) - a downloadable guide to directories, market research and statistics, trade magazines and newspapers, and internet sources
  • TARGETjobs - graduate career information and vacancies 

Example job profiles from prospects.ac.uk;

Recommended websites

Writing 

  • Adventures in Fiction - mentoring and manuscript appraisal
  • Authors - a free social community for writers, publishers, poets and book readers
  • Creative Writing Now (CWN) - writing courses, free online classes and step-by-step guides to writing and getting published
  • Writers & Artists - insider guide to the media with the best industry advice for writers and artists
  • Writers Room (BBC) - identifies and champions new writing talent and diversity across the BBC

Scientific journalism

  • Association of British Science Writers -offers careers information on all aspects of science writing, a member directory and details of jobs and awards.
  • European Medical Writers Association - has a section on careers in medical writing, which contains a helpful pdf document and links to journal articles. The site also contains a list of useful reading.
  • Sense about Science- is a charitable trust that responds to the misrepresentation of science and scientific evidence on issues that matter to society. They run the ‘Voice of Young Science’ programme which helps research scientists in the early stages of their career to get actively involved in debates about public science.
Writing

Writing is a broad and diverse, from producing not just novels and poetry, but a whole range of various creative output from technical writing, promotional, marketing, blogs to online content fro a range of various organisations.  There is no set route to becoming a writer, depending on the sector, medical, scientific  you may need technical knowledge.  

Sector insight

There are many writing opportunities within large organisations relating to advertising, public relations and marketing, media teams and so on. Similarly, writing related roles exist in fields such as publishing and journalism. However, much of the work, particularly in the creative writing field, but also in relation to business writing, is freelance.

  • Books & publishing industry guide (Business & IP Centre, British Library) - a downloadable guide to directories, market research and statistics, trade magazines and newspapers, and internet sources
  • Marketing, advertising & PR (Graduate Prospects) - an overview of the marketing, advertising and PR industry in the UK
  • Media Guardian (The Guardian) - latest media news and jobs

Example job roles

Professional bodies

Recommended sites

  • Adventures in Fiction - mentoring and manuscript appraisal
  • Authors - a free social community for writers, publishers, poets and book readers
  • Creative Writing Now (CWN) - writing courses, free online classes and step-by-step guides to writing and getting published
  • Writers & Artists - insider guide to the media with the best industry advice for writers and artists
  • Writers Room (BBC) - identifies and champions new writing talent and diversity across the BBC

 

Broadcasting, Film and Video

There are two main parts to the broadcasting, film and video sector. The sector incorporates a vast array of roles. The production side includes roles which related to producing and facilitating content for broadcast, film or video output. The technical side involves roles relating to lighting, sound editing, broadcast engineering, and camera operations. In radio, film, online and TV roles exist for creatives, technical and management. Perhaps more so than other areas the importance of gaining relevant work experience cannot be undersold.

Sector insight

Professional bodies

Recommended sites

General

  • BBC Academy: College of Production - provides practical advice on all aspects of working in television, radio, and online broadcast
  • BBC Careers - What We Do - an overview of different careers in the British Broadcasting Corporation
  • BBC Research & Development - the BBC's R&D department aims to be at the cutting edge of new media technology and drives the exploration of new tools for the production and distribution of programming. They produce an annual review to give insights into their key achievements each year
  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) - supports, promotes and develops the art of the moving image - film, television and video games
  • Creative Skillset - the industry body for the creative industries, with information and resources on sectors including film, radio, and TV
  • Grapevine Jobs - specialist jobs board for broadcast and media
  • Mandy.com - a database of film/tv technicians and facilities
  • Campaign - news, analysis and jobs
  • TV & Film Industry Guide - a guide from the Business & IP Centre at the British Library containing directories, market research, statistics and internet sources relating to the TV & Film industry

Film

  • Creative Skillset - About the Film Industry - provides an overview of the industry, job profiles, a set of success stories from TV professionals, and a guide to some key terms used in television
  • Shooting People - organisation for the independent film industry and contains a training directory

Radio

  • Creative Skillset - About the Radio Industry - provides an overview of the industry, radio job profiles, and some success stories from those working in radio
  • JAMES - a consortium of music, entertainment and media industry organisations collaborating in the support of education and promotion of excellence
  • Radio Academy - the Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production
  • RadioCentre - website contains information on careers in radio and advice on work experience.
  • Student Radio Association -organisation which supports and acts on behalf of the UK student radio community

Television

  • BBC Careers - the career hub of the BBC
  • 4 Talent - Channel 4's 4 Talent scheme looks to provide opportunities to work in the media industry to people from different backgrounds and all walks of life
  • ITV - Working Here - the careers site for ITV, looking at the different roles at the channel
  • Sky - Starting Out - the careers site for BSkyB, looking at the different roles at the channel
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