Profession political journalist

Political journalists research and write articles about politics and politicians for newspapers, magazines, television and other media. They conduct interviews and attend events.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Political parties

    The ideas and principles that political parties stand for and the politicians representing them.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rhetoric

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

  • Grammar

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

  • Political science

    The systems of government, the methodology concerning the analysis of political activity and behaviour, and the theory and practice of influencing people and acquiring governance.

  • Editorial standards

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

Skills

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

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

  • Consult information sources

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

  • 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.

  • Write to a deadline

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

  • 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.

  • 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 the news

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Evaluate writings in response to feedback

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

  • Participate in editorial meetings

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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