Profession crime journalist

Crime journalists research and write articles about criminal events for newspapers, magazines, television and other media. They conduct interviews and attend court hearings.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Copyright legislation

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

  • Criminal law

    Th legal rules, constitutions and regulations applicable for the punishement of offenders.

  • Grammar

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

  • Writing techniques

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

  • 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.

  • Court procedures

    The regulations which are in place during the investigation of a court case and during a court hearing, and of how these events occur.

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Editorial standards

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

Skills

  • Evaluate writings in response to feedback

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

  • Follow the news

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

  • Use specific writing techniques

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

  • Stay up to date with social media

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Interview people

    Interview people in a range of different circumstances.

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

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

  • 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.

  • Participate in editorial meetings

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

  • Record court procedures

    Record all the information necessary for proper record maintenance during court hearings, such as the people present, the case, the evidence presented, the sentence made, and other important matters which were brought up during the hearing.

  • Consult information sources

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

  • 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.

  • Write to a deadline

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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