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19 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Studied Journalism at University

It’s a stressful course at times, but it’s worth it.

1. The terror you feel when your lecturer asks you about a story of international importance and you have no idea what they’re talking about.

“What’s your view on the power vacuum in Uzbekistan?” ūüė≥ūüė≥

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2. Being told you need to go out and vox pop the public about their views is the worst.

It basically just guarantees you’re about to be¬†awkwardly ignored or told “no thanks” by passers-by for several hours.

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3. Getting anyone in any remote form of power to agree to an interview is near-impossible.

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4. Clicking all over Avid NewsCutter when you first use it, because you have 0 clue what you’re doing.

Can I drag and drop?

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5. And never fully understanding what “discourse” means, but worrying everyone gets it apart from you.

Despite the fact it seems to come up all the time.

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6. Constantly getting told how hard journalism is to get into and how little money journalists make.

Thank you. This really helps.

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7. And judging¬†people for working at the Daily Mail, but knowing you’d probably jump at the chance of a job there.

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8. Realising after two workshops that you can’t really teach feature writing.

You either¬†get it or you don’t…

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9. Often wondering whether people will ever stop talking about the Leveson Inquiry.

And really hoping so.

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10. The nightmare that is having to fill in risk assessment forms.

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11. Trying to learn shorthand is harder than you ever imagined.

What does that squiggle mean? Somebody, anybody? PLEASE?

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12.¬†And to top it off, you quickly discover you’re supposed to know media law too when you have¬†a guest law lecturer.

Everyone either loves it or you absolutely hates it.

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13. Having to swallow your anger and panic when someone pitches the same story you were going to pitch on a newsday.

*Screams internally*

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14. But loving how much you end up bonding with your coursemates by the end of it.

After going through a newsday¬†together you’re friends for life.

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15. The panic you feel when presenting and something goes wrong…

Cut to a break!???

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16. Vs. the pride you feel when you use an awesome SEO kicker in your story headline.

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17. Feeling a bit lost as you’re somewhere between a creative subject and an academic one.

I am in a nowhere place. Journalism doesn’t really fit with any other courses.

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18. But feeling like the shit towards the end of your degree when you’re so up-to-date and informed on the news and current events.

I know things now¬†ūüėé

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19. And being excited about all the cool things you want to go out and do once you graduate.

Let’s do this.

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