A journalist is carrying out research into the salaries paid to trainee reporters which she hopes will strengthen the case for better pay.
Stephanie Burns is carrying out a Masters in Journalism at Leeds Trinity University College while also holding down a staff job as a magazine journalist in Sheffield.
As part of her studies she has devised a survey entitled “Something doesn’t add up: how much are NCTJ-qualified newspaper journalists paid in their first job?”.
Now all journalists are being invited to take part in the survey which Stephanie hopes will help build a more accurate picture of entry-level pay within the industry.
Said Stephanie: “I knew salaries in journalism were low before I signed up for my NCTJs but it was only when I secured my first full-time job in the industry that I realised the difficulties so many journalists face at the start of their careers.
“I hope this research project will go some way to ensuring a higher-paid future for the next generation of reporters and would encourage all newspaper journalists in the UK – past or present – who have their NCTJs to take part.”
Stephanie wants all journalists who have completed qualifications by the National Council for the Training of Journalists to take part in the 10-question survey to find out what sort of salaries are being offered.
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