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The idea of broadcasting news stories and features over the airwaves came almost immediately following the invention of the radio in the early 20th century. Since then, we have witnessed the birth of television, which quickly overtook radio as the most widely consumed and influential medium of broadcasting.
The Internet is now the newest addition to the broadcast family and, as a hugely accessible medium with millions of regular worldwide users, journalists have to broaden their skills sets in order to tap into the opportunities which have arisen, both in term of researching, sharing and sourcing information and publishing news stories.
All the large television channels and radio stations in the UK – BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky – employ teams of journalists, reporters, presenters, correspondents and producers to round up and distribute the most up-to-date news and features. Being a part of this can be both highly stimulating and demanding in equal measures.
The entire journalism industry is renowned as being highly competitive with many entry level positions only being offered to experienced graduates. It should also be noted that people rarely get into journalism for the money. Salaries for aspiring journalists can be very low and an entrant into the profession will often have to work in an unpaid assistant or intern role for an indefinite period of time in order to build up a healthy portfolio of work and a list of contacts before securing a full-time, salaried position.