Print Journalists collect and analyse facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation and observation and write stories for newspapers, magazines or journals.

Specialisations: Columnist, Feature Writer, Leader Writer, Newspaper Reporter.

You usually need a bachelor degree in journalism, followed by a one-year cadetship involving on the job training, to work as a Print Journalist. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Collects and analyses facts about newsworthy events from interviews, printed matter, investigations and observations.
  • Writes news reports, commentaries, articles and feature stories for newspapers, magazines, and journals on topics of public interest.

All Journalists and Other Writers

  • $1,576 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Print Journalists

  • 3,800 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 53% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Print Journalists (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 5,500 in 2011 to 3,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Print Journalists work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Arts and Recreation Services; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 53% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications86.4
Arts and Recreation Services9.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.9
Administrative and Support Services0.5
Other Industries2.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StatePrint JournalistsAll Jobs Average
NSW39.931.6
VIC24.725.6
QLD14.820.0
SA6.57.0
WA8.310.8
TAS2.52.0
NT0.71.0
ACT2.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketPrint JournalistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.8-5.05.0
20-2412.0-9.39.3
25-3427.9-22.922.9
35-4419.8-22.022.0
45-5418.4-21.621.6
55-598.3-9.09.0
60-645.3-6.06.0
65 and Over7.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationPrint JournalistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate14.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree57.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV2.5-21.121.1
Year 1217.6-18.118.1
Year 111.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.2-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in journalism, followed by a one-year cadetship involving on the job training, to work as a Print Journalist. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Journalists and Writers who are literate and can interact well with others.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    79% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. Communications and Media

    79% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  3. Geography

    62% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  4. Sociology and Anthropology

    54% Skill level

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  5. History and Archeology

    53% Skill level

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

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  1. Time Pressure

    100% Important

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  2. Electronic Mail

    99% Important

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  3. Telephone

    99% Important

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  4. Contact With Others

    94% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  5. Face-to-Face Discussions

    93% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

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