1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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2534-13 Print Journalist

Collects and analyses facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation or observation and writes stories for newspapers, magazines and journals.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • researches and compiles news stories for newspapers, magazines and journals
  • interviews people and observes events to obtain and verify facts and to develop leads for news items
  • takes notes and reads publicity releases, copies of speeches or similar material to facilitate organisation and writing of story
  • writes to meet deadline, referring to reference books, newspaper files or other sources to secure additional facts
  • submits news stories for approval
  • reads and evaluates news reports and suggestions for future stories
  • critically discusses daily news topics in the editorial columns of newspapers and review books, films or plays
  • may write particular segments of the publication, such as news commentaries or sports, fashion or educational segments

Specialisations:
Columnist
Feature Writer
Leader Writer
Newspaper Reporter

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