This is one of those posts that has taken a while to craft. It is difficult to know how much to reveal on a blog whilst also being interesting for readers.
As you probably know I am beginning the (long) path towards becoming a journalist. So as journalism is going to be a pretty important part of my life and this blog should really be integral to its development – although I’m not always sure how photos of Victoria Sponge assert my journalist credentials, apart form village fete coverage – I figured that it was a post worth including and may be of value to some readers.
At Sheffield I always wrote for the Arts and Humanities newsletter and since leaving last summer I have worked as a Travel Journalist with My Destination, a freelance contributor to The Editeur and interned at the Daily Express. Whilst this has all been fantastic, in order to progress past the relentless stage of internships and unsuccessful job applications I am going back into the world of education…
I have signed up to begin an NCTJ Journalism Diploma with the Brighton Journalist Works in September of this year. I came across this course after feeling a little uninspired by my ongoing achievements and wanting something to make my CV stand out from the hundreds that drop into the inbox of a potential employer.
Firstly the course is only 14 weeks long so whilst I am worried about those weeks being a HUGE STRESS AND CRAZY FAST PACED (AH) it does also mean that I can get on with my new year travel plans that have been in the pipeline for almost two years.
The other major selling point for me is that the course is based in the offices of The Argus newspaper, Brighton’s number one daily and renowned for its fantastic headlines ‘Cannabis factory in every street’//’Crow steals golfer’s trolley’ etc etc. You get the idea…This means that from day one the experience is far more authentic and vocational than anything that we ever did at school or university. They also guarantee work placements at publications ranging from Men’s Health, Time Out, Esquire and of course The Argus.