ISCO 08 Code 2642      Journalists

Lead Statement

Journalists research, investigate, interpret and communicate news and public affairs through newspapers, television, radio and other media.

Task statement

Tasks include:

  • collecting local, national and international news through interviews, investigation and observation, attending public events, seeking out records, reviewing written work, attending film and stage performances;
  • collecting, reporting and commenting on news and current affairs for publication in newspapers and periodicals, or for broadcasting by radio, television or webcast media;
  • receiving, analysing and verifying news and other copy for accuracy;
  • interviewing politicians and other public figures at press conferences and on other occasions, including individual interviews recorded for radio, television or webcast media;
  • researching and reporting on developments in specialized fields such as medicine, science and technology;
  • writing editorials and commentaries on topics of current interest to stimulate public interest and express the views of a publication or broadcasting station;
  • writing critical reviews of literary, musical and other artistic works based on knowledge, judgement and experience for newspapers, television, radio and other media;
  • selecting material for publication, checking style, grammar, accuracy and legality of content and arranging for any necessary revisions;
  • liaising with production staff in checking final proof copies immediately prior to printing;
  • selecting, assembling and preparing publicity material about business or other organizations for issue through press, radio, television and other media.

Included occupations

Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Journalist
  • Copy editor
  • News media interviewer
  • Newspaper editor
  • Newspaper reporter
  • Sports writer
  • Sub editor
  • TV / radio news reporter

Excluded occupations

  • Public relations officer- 2432
  • Book author - 2641
  • Book editor – 2641
  • Photo journalist - 3431
  • Camera operator – 3521

ISCO 88 Code(s) 2451 (partially)

(NCvB; Mei 2010)