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Super

Procan be cheeky to the police

Conslow pay, long hours

The days when journalists could file their copy from the pub after a few pints of Dogbolter and a scotch egg are long gone. These days they are desk wallahs more likely to be glued to the phone than pounding the streets for their next front page splash. Churning is a vital skill. There is still...

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Excellent

ProAll the things I've mentioned

ConsPoorly paid... but then you know that to begin wit...

When I was five the only thing I wanted to do in life was be a bus driver. For the next three or four years I harboured dreams of driving a 159 along Streatham High Road, while learning as many London bus routes as I could. Then, like every boy of ten, I decided I wanted to be a footballer. The...

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Excellent

ProThe chance to see places and meet people that most...

ConsLow pay, having to speak to people who don't want ...

I've been working as a reporter on a weekly newspaper for 3 months now. I have wanted to go into journalism since I was 17. I knew what a competitive industry it is and had quite a detailed action plan to help me get started. While at university I carried out numerous unpaid work experience...

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Excellent

ProSee opinion

ConsSee opinion

~ ~ Well. That’s a wee bit of an overstatement. But not much!!!! Now before you all start wondering what’s he on about, or thinking that there’s some jiggery pokery going on behind closed doors, let me say that it’s not exactly Ciao (or dooyoo) who are going to be paying...

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Super

“Doing an NCTJ course”

published 07/07/2004

ProBecoming more and more what employers want

ConsOnly about 50% is of practical value

I couldn't find the place to put this subject, so I'm putting it here. Doing the National Council for the Training of Journalists preliminary examination - the first, and for a lot of journos, only step to becoming a pro. Amongst my journo peers and among the editors I know, this is the...

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Satisfactory

“Money for Writing”

published 08/06/2001

ProBeing a journalist is wonderful..

Cons...so of course we shouldn't want money too, that ...

Today I met a doctor. He had been interested in becoming a doctor since he was a very small child and spent ages practicing his craft, learning about all the things a doctor should know and healing people. He confessed to me that the money wasn't important at all. He did not care how much he...

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Super

ProExciting

ConsUnpredictable

It surprises me whenever I read stories about how popular journalism is as a career option. Maybe it shouldn't, because I always wanted to be a journalist and I do love my work. But I think many people who are interested in journalism have a lot of misconceptions about what it involves. For a...

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Super

ProExciting

ConsPressure and can be stressful

Now if you're clever - you'll read this before a careeer in journalism... I'm a local journalist and I must say it is really poorly paid. Seriously. Although its a great job, fun, exciting, there are bad sides. You have to knock on peoples doors and ask them difficult questions, you have to have...

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Excellent

Progreat head start into journalism, well structured ...

Consnot the full NCTJ preliminary examinations.

The NCTJ preliminary examinations are normally taken at graduate level, but if you want to get ahead, take it at the same time as AS levels. I am unsure how many places offer this, but I studied at Coombeshead College in Newton Abbot, Devon. The course is free for sixth formers but I am not sure...

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Product Information : Journalism

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Ciao

Listed on Ciao since: 24/01/2001