Profession business journalist

Business journalists research and write articles about economy and economic events for newspapers, magazines, television and other media. They conduct interviews and attend events.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

  • Editorial standards

    The guidelines on how to deal with and report on privacy, children, and death according to impartiality, and other standards.

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Economics

    Economic principles and practices, financial and commodity markets, banking and the analysis of financial data.

  • Interview techniques

    The techniques for getting information out of people by asking the right questions in the right way and to make them feel comfortable.

  • Rhetoric

    The art of discourse that aims at improving the ability of writers and speakers to inform, persuade or motivate their audience.

  • Writing techniques

    The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

Skills

  • Study topics

    Carry out effective research on relevant topics to be able to produce summary information appropriate to different audiences. The research may involve looking at books, journals, the internet, and/or verbal discussions with knowledgeable persons.

  • Stay up to date with social media

    Keep up with the trends and people on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Use specific writing techniques

    Use writing techniques depending on the type of media, the genre, and the story.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Build contacts to maintain news flow

    Build contacts to maintain a flow of news, for example, police and emergency services, local council, community groups, health trusts, press officers from a variety of organisations, the general public, etc.

  • Follow the news

    Follow current events in politics, economics, social communities, cultural sectors, internationally, and in sports.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

  • Participate in editorial meetings

    Participate in meetings with fellow editors and journalists to discuss possible topics and to divide the tasks and workload.

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

    Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.

  • Write to a deadline

    Schedule and respect tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio projects.

  • Evaluate writings in response to feedback

    Edit and adapt work in response to comments from peers and publishers.

  • Interview people

    Interview people in a range of different circumstances.

  • Follow ethical code of conduct of journalists

    Follow the ethical code of conduct of journalists, such as freedom of speech, right of reply, being objective, and other rules.

Optional knowledge and skills

attend trade fairs edit recorded sound perform video editing multimedia systems proofread text manage personal finances adapt to type of media rewrite articles tax legislation stock market pronunciation techniques edit negatives financial jurisdiction ask questions at events desktop publishing ict software specifications write headlines press law follow directions of on-site director corporate law write captions create online news content analyse market financial trends promote your writings perform image editing apply desktop publishing techniques edit photographs adapt to changing situations manage writing administration edit digital moving images audio editing software provide written content document interviews present during live broadcasts check correctness of information communicate by telephone