Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The 'Write' Place

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The 'Write' Place

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J is for jounalist.

the world of journalism is still seen by many as a glamour business.

A chance to mix with celebrities, quiz the rich and famous and be on the front-line during major breaking news stories.

It still lures thousands of people a year to apply for training courses in journalism at universities and colleges throughout the country.

But while there are glamorous elements to the job, the reality of life for most trainee reporters is a long way from the world of the 3am girls and celebrity reporters like Andrew Marr and Kate Aide.

Much more likely that in the first few months of a career, most of the job will be spent talking on the telephone, sitting in a magistrates court or reporting on a golden wedding.

Even for the most junior reporter however, the chance to report on huge breaking stories might only be a phone call away. And that's why for many, journalism provides a buzz like no other job.

For most trainees by far and away the hardest task is establishing that first foot on the bottom of the ladder. Competition for jobs is as tough as ever, with the best traineeships attracting up to 700 applications.

The vast majority of people who enter newsrooms, as trainees are graduates. The minimum academic standard for most employers is two A levels,

Most will have degrees in arts subjects and many are being drawn towards the growing number of undergraduate degrees in journalism that are springing up at universities across the country.

But to really stand a chance of getting a job, prospective recruits will have to embark on a post-graduate course and developed a cuttings file through periods of work experience on newspapers.

Many papers will only accept people into the newsroom after the age of 18 and there is often a waiting list for places.

Once inside the newsroom, seizing the chance to actually get something published is a key part of convincing an editor you are the right person for the job.

Having a cuttings file shows employers what you can do, gives them an idea of writing ability and an indication as to whether you have the story ideas to brighten their publication. …

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