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Journalism has had a lot of bad press recently but I still want to be a journalist

6 Mar 12

As a child growing up in the nineties I was always told of the importance of school grades and family. That’s why I wanted to become a reporter: magazines and newspapers were my entertainment and escapism.

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Write and tell stories that represent the world you live in

10 Feb 12

Let me begin by writing that the best stories come from journalists who are invested in the subject matter.

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Dreams of becoming a magazine journalist

25 Jan 12

Choosing to pursue a career in journalism at a time when the job market is bleak could seem like an unwelcoming challenge. For me, it was a challenge I was ready to take on. After three years studying a BA in Journalism at Kingston University, I wanted to go on and study magazine journalism.

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A bursary of hope

8 Dec 11

A few weeks ago I gave a talk about the work I do as editor of BBC Scotland current affairs to a lecture theatre full of aspiring journalists. I give these types of talks quite regularly but it was at the end of this particular one that I was asked two questions that left me incredibly depressed.

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“Becoming a ‘proper’ journalist…is turning out to be a good choice”

21 Nov 11

To describe my life now – two months into the MA Newspaper Journalism course at Nottingham Trent University – I am going to borrow a quote from my recent interview with comedy ninja Gina Yashere: “I’m hustling. I’m doing alright. I’m hustling”.

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“The Journalism Diversity Fund has made this possible”

1 Nov 11

On Friday, 17 June I received the news that kept my dream of pursuing a career in journalism alive.

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My first month on an NCTJ accredited course

27 Oct 11

After a month of juggling work and study as a part-time NCTJ Multimedia student at News Associates, Manchester, I’m still on a high. Deadlines, networking and Saturday morning rush hours are just some of the things I’ve had to contend with, yet thanks to the Journalism Diversity Fund I’m learning priceless skills and making incredible contacts.

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“There is no other job I would rather be doing”

5 Oct 11

When you grow up in Northern Ireland you are surrounded by news. Sometimes the stories will be light and forward looking. Often, they are sorrowful and serious, recalling the difficulties of the past.

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Can’t afford your journalism training? The Journalism Diversity Fund can help

23 Aug 11

The Journalism Diversity Fund was a beacon of hope for me at a time when I felt I could never afford journalism training. I didn’t have thousands of pounds to pay for a course and my future prospects did not look promising.

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“One thing you have to be in possession of is a thick skin”

8 Aug 11

Extremists, murderers and a few outright nutters are just some of the less desirable subjects I’ve had to deal with through my work. The one thing you can say about journalism is that it’s not boring.

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