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Media Researcher

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€18k > 49
Media Researcher
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 49
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Last Updated: April, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
3%
Occupational Category

Media Professionals

Also included in this category:

Journalists; editors; reporters; public relations officers; public relations consultants; press officers.

Number Employed:

6,200

Part time workers: 14%
Aged over 55: 28%
Male / Female: 65 / 36%
Non-Nationals: 2%
With Third Level: 92%
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Finds entertaining and interesting information, people and places for TV and radio programmes.


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The role of a media researcher is to find entertaining and interesting people, places and information to make enjoyable TV and radio programmes. 

Working mainly in offices and studios, much of the time is spent using the telephone and the internet.

This job involves assisting TV and radio producers. For example, you could research factual information for documentaries or find studio audiences and guests for entertainment shows. In some job roles you might also have the opportunity to come up with and research ideas for new programmes.

Tasks 

  • Discussing programme ideas and the research requirements with producers
  • Finding and checking information using such sources as the internet, libraries and museums
  • Searching media libraries and archives for music, photographs and film footage
  • Writing briefs for presenters, or brief scriptwriters
  • Checking copyright and getting permission to use archive material
  • Finding people for the studio audience and to contribute to the programme
  • Researching locations
  • Keeping detailed records
  • Writing content for websites and social media sources linked to the programme

Media researchers may also cast people for roles. The job may require you to call or visit people and record short taster or casting films.

On factual programmes made by small teams, you might also do filming with digital video cameras or edit films.


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There is no standard route into this job role but many media researchers have a degree linked to the type of programmes they work on. Media, communications, journalism degree programmes are all relevant. Media researchers working on a political programme, may hold a relevant degree in politics or social science. 

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