CAREERS BLOG: Focus on journalism

UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Resources Manager, Careers

If you interested in the idea of journalism as a career, what can you be doing now to improve your chances of achieving your goal?

Journalism is a popular career choice, offering the opportunity to research issues, interview people and write news stories and articles (whether it be for a newspaper, online or broadcast media).

If you’re serious about becoming a journalist, you have to get involved. It’s no use applying for jobs, if you’ve never had an article published or had any experience related to the work.

Obviously, formal work experience with a news provider is the best form of experience, but student media is a great way of cutting your teeth and York has lots to offer on that score, with student newspapers (paper and online), radio and TV. You could also blog and contribute to online forums and discussion groups or post videos on social media.

To get a flavour of what it’s like to work on an emerging news story, you can book a place on our Breaking news journalism workshop (3 Feb, 1.30pm – 3.30pm). This gives you the chance to experience a ‘real-life’ simulation of responding to and writing about news piece as it unfolds. Places are still available and can be booked via Careers Gateway.

The Journalist is the National Union of Journalists’ trade magazine and not only gives you insight into the latest trends and issues in the industry, but features articles about different types of journalism. For a local view of journalism in York, read the Let’s go to York article in the Sept-Oct edition (pages 10 – 11). Back copies of The Journalist are available in Careers or can be viewed on the magazine’s archive page.

Finally, if you want more ideas of things to do while at York, which are related to journalism or you want to find out more about training, job opportunities and relevant skills, visit our Job sector web pages and click on the Journalism and publishing section.