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What does the role involve?

As an Aviation Journalist, part of your job will involve researching and chasing down leads you come across via the various news articles and regulatory documents that land on your desk from around the world on a daily basis.

You will be responsible for using the leads, information, and sources to build up articles that for an English-speaking B2B audience. The other part of your job will require you to build and maintain relationships with people from across the world who will then help you in corroborating stories as well as breaking news.

What will be my main responsibilities as an aviation journalist?

As an aviation journalist, you are likely to:

  • Independently research and review aviation-related articles
  • Cultivate sources at airlines/companies from across the globe to help in building original content;
  • Do additional research to corroborate/clarify reports;
  • Work with a supervising editor or editor in chief to ensure set standards and quality are maintained;
  • Develop sources and maintain interpersonal relationships with key players in the industry;
  • Given our push to increase originally-sourced content, business travel may be required from time to time.

Where can I work as a journalist?

Popular employers offering jobs as junior reporters or trainee journalists include:

  • TV broadcasting: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky
  • Radio broadcasting: BBC, Bauer City Network
  • National newspapers/online news: News Corp (The SunThe Times), Guardian Media Group (The GuardianThe Observer), Telegraph Media Group (The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph)
  • Local newspapers/online news: Reach, Archant, JPIMedia and Newsquest
  • Consumer magazine/digital publishers
  • Business magazine/digital publishers: RBI (based in Surrey – Flight GlobalFarmers WeeklyEstates Gazette)

What Skills and Qualifications do I need to get into aviation journalism?

Common routes into journalism are to take an undergraduate degree in journalism, or to take an undergraduate degree in a different subject followed by a postgraduate journalism qualification. Either way, make sure that the course you choose is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) if you want to work for a UK-based news organisation.

At both levels, there are degrees available in different areas, e.g.: newspaper journalism, broadcast journalism and magazine journalism. Alternatively, it is sometimes possible to get in with a non-journalism degree and no journalism postgraduate qualifications, or with an apprenticeship or similar programme instead of a degree.

The job itself requires a strong outgoing, inquiring personality with an ability to integrate into a tight-knit team.  The role will also require you to work independently and flexibly depending on workloads, which vary from day to day.

Aside from a disciplined, analytically-oriented mindset, you must also be able to work within established guidelines, within set timeframes, and under a supervising editor.

Given the nature of the aviation journalist’s work, a strong passion for and background knowledge of civil aviation is also a critical requirement.

What Can I expect to earn as an aviation Journalist?

When you’re starting out as a trainee reporter, your salary could be as low as £12,000 to £15,000, depending on whether you’re working for a local, regional or national paper.

Although there’s wide variation between regional and national newspapers, salaries for journalists with up to five years’ experience generally rise to around £25,000, while those with a decade’s experience or more can expect around £35,000 to £40,000. For more information check out: National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) on https://www.nctj.com/

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