Let me present you with a solid piece of good ol’ journalism, performed by the talented Abigail Edge at journalism.co.uk. She was wondering about what journalists wish they had known before joining the industry? And she actually went out and asked them!
“I wish I had known that experience can teach you more than a text-book ever will, and that journalism is so much more than words.”
Well, she didn’t physically go out and ask these people, of course. But – as you know – a tweet is as good as a wink.
This is a type of reporting I definitely would like to see more of.
Like; what did politicians wish they had known before they became politicians? Or; what do doctors wish they had known about medicine before they became doctors. And (perhaps), what prostitutes wish they had known before hitting the streets? It would be really, really interesting.
Anyway, back to the journalists, who obviously think they are over-worked, under.paid and not appreciated as much as they deserve. (Just like the rest of us, I guess)
Here are some response on the Twitter survey:
I wish I had known that getting hands on experience will do you more good than a degree
Journalism isn’t all about writing any more, You need digital skills otherwise you’ll be lost
Everyone thinks asking you “hacked any phones recently?” is the funniest, most original thing in the world
I wish I had known how to file a tax return and do the boring side of freelance management. Not taught at all.
That freelancing is necessary and tax returns are considerably harder than Teeline ever was.
There’s very little money in it, and it’s insanely competitive. Only go into it if you’re 100 per cent committed
Journalism is a lifestyle
Stress is the norm. Do not lose your idealism, it what separates good and bad journalists
FULL POST @ journalism.co.uk
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