The UK has one of the biggest readerships in Europe, as two-thirds of the population (42 million people) read a newspaper in print or digitally each week. Over 3,200 consumer magazine titles are published here.
The UK book market is the fifth largest in the world. There are roughly 8,000 publishing companies in the UK but many are small with fewer than 25 employees.
UK publishers have been pioneers in many ways. The first legislation to protect author’s copyright was enacted in the UK in 1709. The standard for ISBNs, the code on every book in your library, originated in the UK in the 1960s. British publishers have led the way in environmental issues, championing the use of sustainable paper and reducing harmful chemicals in production.
London is synonymous with many industries and journalism is one of them. It is where many iconic newspapers are headquartered including The Times and Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph. Fleet Street has been a centre of the printing industry since 1500, and the Associated Press and British Association of Journalists are still based there. London has more book publishers than anywhere else in the UK.
Oxford is home to lots of publishing houses including Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier and many smaller publishers. The most famous is the Oxford University Press; the largest university press in the world and one of the oldest having being founded in 1586.
Notable Publishing Houses: Oxford University Press, Faber and Faber, Bloomsbury
Journalism and Publishing Internships
Interning in some form has always existed in these industries. Before journalism courses, school leavers started out as ‘cub reporters’ at a newspaper and learned their craft through an apprenticeship.
Today, internship programs have formalised this process, giving students the opportunity to get feedback on their copy and improve as writers. Crucially, it still includes mentorship from an editor.
When you apply for graduate roles, editors will look for clippings: your articles that were published. Real-world newsroom and magazine experience is the best way to earn these and learn from the industry professionals along the way.
Your placement may see you fact-checking, researching, sub-editing, proof-reading, and conducting interviews. Journalism is increasingly multimedia, so you could be submitting an audio report for a podcast or a video clip for a website just as often as you write for a print edition.
You’ll develop a fundamental understanding of how the industry works. You should see raw copy, the editing process, then layout and finally printing. Depending on your placement, you may even be involved in e-books and online editions.
You could equally find yourself in a glossy magazine or academic journal. You’ll learn how to write for a specific audience and to a house style. You’ll develop your editorial instincts and learn how to craft more accurate, concise articles.
An international internship gives an edge to a journalism résumé. You’ll get invaluable exposure to new political climates, readers, and of course, house styles. Your portfolio, résumé, and confidence will all be greatly expanded.
- Book publishing house
- Regional newspaper
- University printing press
- Magazine publisher
- Editorial services agency
- Academic journal
- Children’s book publisher
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Airfare, materials for placement, Tier 5 visa, transport, mandatory health insurance, meals, and spending money aren’t included.