A Day in the Life of a Newsroom Journalist We asked one of our Newsroom Journalist to sum up a typical day working in the ITV newsroom, the hub of our dynamic news service. Here’s what they said: It's challenging to summarise a typical day as a Newsroom Journalist - because there simply isn't one. Not only is each day different due to the very nature of news, but the Newsroom Journalist job encompasses a variety of roles - and with them a vast range of skills and tasks. If someone had told me on my first day at ITV that I'd soon be producing my own news bulletins, I'd have been sceptical - yet that's a key part of the job. Not only do we oversee the production of bulletins, we also fill them, involving anything from writing scripts to editing footage and cutting packages. Then it's off to the gallery where we time the entire production to the very last second. Bulletins usually run smoothly, but when they don't it's the responsibility of the Newsroom Journalists to implement a plan B so the programme appears seamless to the viewer. When we're not producing bulletins, we're reporting for them. This generally involves conducting interviews, helping to gather footage and occasionally appearing on camera. Some of the more experienced Newsroom Journalists even stand in as news and weather presenters. Away from the lights and cameras, but no less important, is the ITV website. A vital part of the Newsroom Journalist role is curating online content – writing articles and updates, choosing interesting clips from interviews and uploading eye-catching images. The ability to react swiftly to breaking news is important for everyone in the newsroom, but particularly for the online journalist. Our viewers rely on us to keep them up to the minute with all the latest developments. As rewarding as it is being involved with on-the-day output, it’s often said that the planning desk is where our journalism skills are really put to the test. Sourcing, researching and setting up stories are at the heart of everything we do - and Newsroom Journalists play a key part in this. News planning requires an in-depth knowledge of our patch and how it operates, plus a strong news sense for sorting the metaphorical wheat from the chaff. Like any job, there are occasional frustrations: sometimes your carefully-planned item falls down or you can't get to the scene of a news story as quickly as you want. But the chance to meet an inspiring person, see a once in a lifetime event or make a difference to someone through our work makes everything worthwhile – that’s when we realise just how privileged we are to be in this industry. Find out more about working in ITV’s vibrant news teams and the broadcast journalist jobs available with ITV today.
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