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?” 😳😳
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.
3. Getting anyone in any remote form of power to agree to an interview is near-impossible.
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?
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.
6. Constantly getting told how hard journalism is to get into and how little money journalists make.
Thank you. This really helps.
7. And judging people for working at the Daily Mail, but knowing you’d probably jump at the chance of a job there.
8. Realising after two workshops that you can’t really teach feature writing.
You either get it or you don’t…
9. Often wondering whether people will ever stop talking about the Leveson Inquiry.
And really hoping so.
10. The nightmare that is having to fill in risk assessment forms.
11. Trying to learn shorthand is harder than you ever imagined.
What does that squiggle mean? Somebody, anybody? PLEASE?
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.
13. Having to swallow your anger and panic when someone pitches the same story you were going to pitch on a newsday.
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.
15. The panic you feel when presenting and something goes wrong…
Cut to a break!???
16. Vs. the pride you feel when you use an awesome SEO kicker in your story headline.
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.
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 😎
19. And being excited about all the cool things you want to go out and do once you graduate.
Let’s do this.