Get Work Through A Placement
If you want to interview an Earl or a Viscount or two get down to the Sussex Life and bag yourself a work placement.
Make sure you’re equipped with a host of ideas for great features though, otherwise you’ll be loading articles on the website instead of filling your portfolio with cuttings.
Simon Irwin, editor of the up-market glossy magazine, promised students at Brighton Journalist Works plenty of opportunities to get that all important by-line when he visited this week. With a few provisos: that they turn up to the Worthing based magazine with ideas, enthusiasm and the ability to get on with people.
“If you really want to be a journalist, just do it. You need to be keen, nosy and driven. If I had two candidates for a job, one with a degree, or one with a pile of cuttings, I would choose the person with the cuttings,” said Simon.
His top tip on getting the cuttings in the first place was to be persistent and pester news editors until they took notice. Simon said the best grounding for new journalists was still local weekly newspapers where they would get a better breadth of training.
Simon also told students to work hard at their shorthand and media law so they could hit the ground running. Two things — Simon used to be a PCC committee member so will be impressed if trainees know the code inside out — secondly, find out what a D Notice is!