Traditionally, junior reporters write up stories allocated to them by the news desk. They pass these to the news editor who in turn hands them to sub-editors. Other roles include correspondents, who are specialists in one field or location, and feature writers, who cover topics in greater depth, often using a more personal style.
On smaller newspapers many journalists have to multitask; they may work on layout, photography and sub-editing as well as stories.
Newspaper journalism is becoming increasingly multi-platform, making IT, web and broadcast skills highly valued.