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Nowadays there are hundreds of newspapers, magazines and journals being printed in the UK alone, of which many enjoy widespread circulation, both nationally and occasionally internationally. Some are distributed in their original print format and others are diffused across a variety media, such as the Internet. This evolution in the way people read, write and broadcast news has meant that journalists have had to adapt their skills to an increasingly digital workplace.
Putting it as simply as possible, print journalists are tasked with researching and writing news stories and features which are both suitable and interesting for a public audience.
For many, working for a magazine or newspaper can be exciting and fast-paced. For others the working life of a journalist is stressful and hectic, often involving long and unsociable hours. Whichever way you look at this, the journalism industry is such that no two days are ever quite the same and having your stories, features and opinions read by a potentially huge readership can be highly rewarding.
The entire journalism industry is renowned for being 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 directory of useful contacts before securing a full-time, salaried position.