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    I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about going into journalism after a degree? I'm (hopefully) starting a history degree in october and don't really know what to do afterwards to get a job in journalism. What are the places for a journalism MA? Or do I not need to get one?
    Any advice on anything to do with journalism would be very helpful!
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    I don't think that a journalism/media studies kinda MA is really necessary. Your best bet is probably looking for relevant work experience (local newspapers, radio, whatever - just contact them and ask, the worst they can do is say no), and if your uni has a student paper or something you could try working on that.
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    (Original post by Sian01)
    Hello!
    I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about going into journalism after a degree? I'm (hopefully) starting a history degree in october and don't really know what to do afterwards to get a job in journalism. What are the places for a journalism MA? Or do I not need to get one?
    Any advice on anything to do with journalism would be very helpful!
    Hello!

    You're actually taking the best route. It depends what area of journalism you want to get into, but generally speaking the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Certificate is the most sought-after qualification in the industry.

    I would advise against anyone doing a journalism degree if they were planning to undertake more training before starting work because the two will cover a lot of the same areas, and a journalism degree can get quite vague and cover things you don't need to know.

    The NCTJ is run as a one year course, either from September to June or January to September, and I believe there is a 12-week intensive course (on which the workload will be mayhem. It is the qualification that both national and local newspapers look for, as well as other types of publication. At the end of the course newspapers actually contact the college seeking people with the qualification.

    It's taught at a handful of locations around the country, but I know some universities have recently become NCTJ accredited and may offer the one-year course themselves. I've got stacks more info on it, as I did it back in 2001. Feel free to PM me if you want to know more about it.

    Unless you desperately want to do a Masters, I wouldn't bother. It's certainly not necessary for a job in journalism. I finished my degree a few weeks ago and was lucky enough to get straight into a good job - but they weren't bothered about qualifications at all, proving that you're a good writer is often good enough. I know many working journalists who have had no journalism training or qualifications, so if you know what you want to do and you're good at it, you may be able to get straight into it with just a History degree.

    Which area is it you're looking to work in?
 
 
 
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