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The NUJ's work representing journalists in every sector of the media and at every level means we really understand career issues and training needs, particularly those unique to the current economic climate.

We enjoy close links with many colleges and universities offering journalism courses through our professional training committee (ProfCom).

If you're facing redundancy, we can provide you with legal advice. We also run a series of legal workshops equipping members with the know-how to negotiate better redundancy terms (or even prevent redundancies), and boosting their confidence through learning about their rights.

We offer general advice on how to become a journalist, the sectors you can work in and training courses and qualifications. For more information on all aspects of professional development, email


Many visitors to this site want information and advice on launching or developing a career in journalism. We have collated information and advice on these topics from a range of sources, including from within the NUJ, outside organisations and online resources, and NUJ members themselves.

In the links below, experienced journalists reveal their top tips for career success, while young journalists give their advice on starting out. We have also included advice on CV writing, marketing yourself, applying for jobs and successful interview techniques. The links will also guide you to the places where you can find the best jobs and help anyone wanting to start a freelance career – including information on pitching, setting up a business, fees and the law.

If you want to know about getting trained, how to fund your courses and where to find work, look no further. Our aim is to help you make a success of your chosen career.

Advice and tips from 13 experts

We've interviewed NUJ members who are experts in their fields: reporters, feature writers, broadcasters, photographers, PR officers, online media journalists and journalism trainers. They know what it takes to be successful and the obstacles you may face in developing your career. We’ve asked them about their experiences and what tips they can give to students, newcomers and perhaps established journalists who want to diversify.

  • Sylvia Courtnage (magazines and books)
  • Patric Cunnane (editor; magazines and periodicals)
  • Tim Dawson (news and magazine journalism/freelance; tutor for the Making Internet Journalism Pay course)
  • Donnacha DeLong (news writing/sub-editing/freelance; new media)
  • Humphrey Evans (freelance journalist; tutor for Getting Started as a Freelancer and Pitch & Deal courses)
  • Brendan Foley (news, features journalism/PR/freelance; tutor for Feature Writing and Writing your First Book courses)
  • Barbara Goulden (journalist; local newspapers)
  • Emma Herring (PR, corporate communications; tutor for Introduction to Public Relations course)
  • Caroline Holmes (journalist: specialising in industrial relations, trade union studies and education; tutor for TUC, trade union training)
  • Nick McGowan-Lowe (freelance photographer, Scotland; tutor for The Business of Freelance Photography course)
  • Dave Rotchelle (freelance photographer, chair of NUJ Freelance London Branch)
  • Steve Usher (national newspapers, art editor; tutor for Introduction to PR course)
  • Anna Wagstaff (publishing; magazines, publications)
Advice and tips from 4 young journalists

BA and MA journalism courses at colleges and universities across the country have attracted thousands of students. There are many success stories and we have spoken to some of the students about their experiences in the industry so far. They describe the progress they’ve made in their careers and suggest a number of tips for newcomers.

  • Simon Conway, broadcast journalist (Metro Radio, Newcastle)
  • Josh Halliday, digital journalist; trainee reporter, media and technology (Guardian)
  • Paul Lewis, investigative journalist; special projects editor, (Guardian)
  • Nick Yates, chief sub-editor (Time Out, Beijing)
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