You don’t have to work with animals to help them!
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.