The UK publishing industry is the second largest in Europe. There are a number of publishing fields to work in, from directories to newspapers and magazines. Competition is intense, but if you have the passion and determination to succeed, a career in publishing can prove very lucrative. Publishing also opens doors to work freelance or from home. 


Journalism frequently tops the list of what job graduates would most like. As you can therefore imagine, it’s a highly competitive industry, and salary is one of the lowest, with many graduates doing freelance work their first few years. 

Work experience is really the best way to advance up the career ladder, so the more you can do whilst at university, the better. On your holidays, see if you can get work on your local paper. Networking is another way of helping you get into journalism, so make as many contacts as you can. 

Don’t just look for written work either. Expand your horizons and look at getting involved in television or radio. The Internet is abundant with opportunities for journalists, so see if you can gain work – whether it is reviewing nightclubs or books!

What are employers looking for?

Journalists need to be increasingly multi-skilled, so skills like speaking another language or being a good photographer all help you stand out from your competitors. Being computer-literate also helps as journalism shifts ever more online. Flawless spelling and grammar skills are essential, 

Is this the right career for you?

You will need a creative mind, an eye for detail and motivation to succeed in this highly competitive industry. Internships and work experience can be a great aid to secure yourself a career in this sector. 

Estimated graduate starting salary: £12,000 - £18,000

Typical salary after training: £23,000 - £35,000

Career Prospects

Journalism & Publishing usually have a relatively young workforce as well, so graduates are a popular choice.


Key articles for publishing & journalism graduates

Recruiters in this sector:


Bloomberg is a leading financial information services, news, and media company, serving customers around the world.

CGP Books

CGP has grown quickly to become the most successful and respected educational publisher in the UK.

DMG Media

Multi-channel media company which is home to some of the biggest brands and newspapers.


We are a world-class data and analytics company, helping our 4,000 strong client base to decode the future to be more successful and innovative.

Revolution Beauty

REVOLUTION BEAUTY is a market disrupter. As the Sunday Times' 3rd fastest growing beauty brand in the UK, we are bringing the concept of “fast beauty” to life.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph is an award-winning, multimedia news brand synonymous with quality, credibility and authority for more than 162 years. We are renowned for the analysis, perspective, opinion and insight our journalism provides to a diverse and discerning audience.

Venture Marketing Group

Venture Marketing group is a dynamic London-based events company, producing a portfolio of high-quality exhibitions, magazines and websites.