Newspaper journalists research and write stories for national, regional and local press. As well as news and politics, they report on sports, arts and culture, science and business. They also cover national and local events, entertainment and human interest stories.
Traditionally, junior reporters write up stories allocated to them by the news desk. They pass these to the news editor who in turn hands them to sub-editors. Other roles include correspondents, who are specialists in one field or location, and feature writers, who cover topics in greater depth, often using a more personal style.
On smaller newspapers many journalists have to multitask; they may work on layout, photography and sub-editing as well as stories. Newspaper journalism is becoming increasingly 'multi-platform', making IT, web and broadcast skills highly valued.
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