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Would it be weird to walk into local newspaper office and ask for job?

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    I'm not looking for a full-time job just yet (too busy studying), but I've been wanting to do work experience or some kind of internship at a newspaper for ages. I sometimes walk past the main office of the local paper and I've often thought about going in and asking about placements, etc. Would this seem strange? I can't find any contact details online, so I'm not sure how else to find out.
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    Worst which could happen is they say no, so why not?
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    Exactly. Why not? Beware though that local print newspapers are in serious decline and mostly pay roughly zilch.
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    Just walk in with a resume and ask if they have any internship positions available. If not, ask if you can leave your resume with them in case something opens up. I doubt they would think it strange if you approached them in a professional manner.
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    Go for it. Have lots of ideas for articles, read back-issues of the paper and, if in doubt, offer to make tea and coffee.

    Good luck.
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    I think you'd be best going in and asking for the editor's e-mail address, then sending him/her your CV and explaining you're looking for work experience and what hours you're free.

    Beware though a lot of newspapers have stopped doing work experience due to time/space constraints.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for the replies. I'm going to ask about it and if they don't do work experience I'll try somewhere else.
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    Generally local newspapers are more likely to offer you work experience if you are taking an NCTJ course. It's not essential however. What is essential is persistence.
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    (Original post by Lumen)
    I'm not looking for a full-time job just yet (too busy studying), but I've been wanting to do work experience or some kind of internship at a newspaper for ages. I sometimes walk past the main office of the local paper and I've often thought about going in and asking about placements, etc. Would this seem strange? I can't find any contact details online, so I'm not sure how else to find out.
    Some may see it as desperation but others would see it as confidence.

    Go for it.
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    There is no downside to doing this at all.
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    Worked for Peter Parker of course...

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