13 Things You Probably Shouldn’t Say To a Journalism Student
“Is that something you need to study?”.
1. “Oh, Journalism. It’s still an arts subject though, isn’t it?”
Well, yeah but Journalism is actually classed as Media and/or Communications, but you’d probably consider that to be even worse.
2. “So you’re going to be the next roving worldwide reporter?”
3. “You could always go and work for Cosmopolitan or some other magazine.”
I think my sex tips would be too vanilla.
4. “The BBC do internships, you can try and get on one of those.”
They do, but these are predominantly reserved for those who have little to no journalism experience and without a degree. This is great for those who want to go straight into work and not go through university. I’m happy that those folks have such a good opportunity and I’m going to let them have that 🙃
5. “So what are you going to do exactly with a Journalism masters?”
6. “You know that The Daily Mail do trainee reporter schemes, right?”
7. “Are you writing a novel on the side?”
It’s a screenplay, actually.
8. *Anything to do with phone hacking or Rupert Murdoch*.
Yes, yes, all journalists are corrupt and evil. We get it.
9. “Are you ready for the life of a struggling writer?”
So ready. Maybe I’ll also get a tweed jacket and a typewriter to live up to the trope.
10. “Journalism is an easy degree.”
Do you want to do my work for me, then?
11. “Do you even need study it?”
Err.. where how else would I learn theory, research methods, and legal processes?
12. “But can’t you just learn on the job?”
Like it’s that easy.
13. “Still, it’s not a real subject is it?”