RSPCA careers: press officer

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Our careers series continues, and this time we’re looking at the work of an RSPCA press officer.

What does a press officer do?

Generating media coverage of RSPCA-related stories and campaigns, responding to media/newspaper enquiries and acting as a spokesperson for the RSPCA. Also there’s the possibility of arranging television/radio interviews and organising press launches and photocalls.

What sort of person is a press officer?

A press officer needs to have a ‘nose for news’ and should be able to spot a good story and then develop it. The best way to gain experience is by working as a journalist at a local newspaper. Some newspapers offer one year vocational training, which means they employ you as a junior reporter plus they pay for you to study a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in journalism one day a week.

Where could I work?

Most animal charities have press officers and the RSPCA has five press officers based at its headquarters and five regional press officers throughout the country.

What qualifications do I need?

You’ll need a minimum of four GCSEs including English, plus a National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualification or NVQ in journalism. Many press officers also have a degree.



Hello, I'm Christine and I'm part of the team who work on the Animal Action magazine. I've been at the RSPCA for quite a while and just love being part of such a great organisation. My most favourite animals are dogs and I have a soft spot for Westies.

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