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Changes and challenges

18 Jul 12

If you want to be a journalist, you have to be able to adapt to change.

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“If you are really determined to be a journalist, don’t let anything put you off”

28 Jun 12

As my course draws to a close, I am experiencing a mixture of emotions. I am sad, and slightly scared, that 20 of the most enjoyable weeks of my life are almost over, yet very excited about starting the career I have always dreamed of.

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MADE was a weekend full of pitching, networking and discussions

22 Jun 12

As I write this I feel energised, hopeful and optimistic. I have been inspired and I can’t wait to see what’s next to come.

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“The bursary has allowed me to focus on my studies and develop my skills as a journalist”

29 May 12

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a simple question and one which thousands of children will be asking themselves up and down the country.

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Advice on job applications

11 May 12

Having spent last night shortlisting applicants for the NCTJ’s journalism internship, it’s evident that some students might improve their chances by taking more care with their applications.

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Being a journalist was always my dream job, but I was never quite sure how to go about it

10 May 12

I remember attending a ‘how to break into journalism’ speech at university and leaving with the impression that it was going to be impossible for me to become a journalist because I wouldn’t be able to afford the course fees. So instead, I applied for a position as an editorial assistant at a newspaper in Newcastle and tried to accept that journalism just wasn’t an option for me.

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I’m working for Sky Sports News

20 Apr 12

That seat, to be precise, is in the studio of one of Britain’s top broadcasters, Sky Sports News. It’s a far cry from the university room I once sat in worried about how to get my first job in journalism, but I am in no doubt over who made that move possible in the first place, the Journalism Diversity Fund.

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NCTJ Student Council – “Journalism should be fun”

27 Mar 12

I have been pulled to various parts of the UK for the sake of NCTJ training. Being an Aberdonian, who has adopted Bournemouth as my second home to study Magazine Journalism at Up To Speed Journalism Training, it was nice to get the chance to go ‘up north’ to Manchester and visit MediaCityUK to see what all the fuss was about.

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NCTJ Student Council – “Never give up”

27 Mar 12

I recently attended the NCTJ Student Council at the University of Salford in MediaCityUK. Being chosen as the student representative for my course at Brunel University was a role that I was looking forward to undertaking as I would be able to put across any views and opinions of my class mates concerning the NCTJ syllabus.

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“Growing up, I never heard any reporters on television with my accent”

27 Mar 12

Waking up on a Monday morning must be a real drag if you hate your job. Thanks to the Journalism Diversity Fund, I never have that problem. I love what I do and if a career in journalism is what you want, then it’s well worth the hard work that it takes to get into the industry.

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