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I want to have a job in the media when I'm older, probably journalism of some kind. Obviously I know how competative this field of work is, and I will need a tonne of work experience. But do you think I would stand more chance with a media related degree or with a traditional subject such as English (maybe followed by a postgrad in journalism or something). My A levels are English, History, Geography and Psychology.
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I want to have a job in the media when I'm older, probably journalism of some kind. Obviously I know how competative this field of work is, and I will need a tonne of work experience. But do you think I would stand more chance with a media related degree or with a traditional subject such as English (maybe followed by a postgrad in journalism or something). My A levels are English, History, Geography and Psychology.
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Yes to which one?
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I'd agree undergraduate Journalism is probably a bad idea. It seems way too specialised for undergrad level and some (although not all) of the courses are poor. (see here )

So, er, yes, a traditional subject is probably best. And by gad make sure you're involved in student media heavily.

The merits of the postgrad journalism courses (at City/Cardiff) is disputed also...though you're probably better off with one than without(even if your bank balance isn't).

Have no illusions, though. Bar a gold-dust-stylee place on a national newspaper graduate scheme, you're be working your way up from the regionals for many years.
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I'd agree undergraduate Journalism is probably a bad idea. It seems way too specialised for undergrad level and some (although not all) of the courses are poor. (see here )

So, er, yes, a traditional subject is probably best. And by gad make sure you're involved in student media heavily.

The merits of the postgrad journalism courses (at City/Cardiff) is disputed also...though you're probably better off with one than without(even if your bank balance isn't).

Have no illusions, though. Bar a gold-dust-stylee place on a national newspaper graduate scheme, you're be working your way up from the regionals for many years.
Thanks. I think I will do an English degree because not only will this improve my writing skills, it will leave my options open in case I have a change of heart. I know journalism jobs are very difficult to get but I don't mind working my way up and i believe i have the determination and ability that is necessary. What work experience do you think I will need? I don't have any at the moment, but I hopefully I will have more of a chance when I go to uni (student newspaper, radio, etc)
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Thanks. I think I will do an English degree because not only will this improve my writing skills, it will leave my options open in case I have a change of heart. I know journalism jobs are very difficult to get but I don't mind working my way up and i believe i have the determination and ability that is necessary.
All very sensible stuff.

What work experience do you think I will need? I don't have any at the moment, but I hopefully I will have more of a chance when I go to uni (student newspaper, radio, etc)
Well, I mean, whatever you can get, really. Student media is the obvious one, and you'll have no excuse for not getting involved IYSWIM. Beyond that, ask, beg, get lucky, etc, try to get as much as you can.

Perhaps more important than where / how much external work experience you get, is your portfolio, though. Keep evvvverything you ever write, whether from work exp, student media, or just stuff you've written yourself.
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All very sensible stuff.

Well, I mean, whatever you can get, really. Student media is the obvious one, and you'll have no excuse for not getting involved IYSWIM. Beyond that, ask, beg, get lucky, etc, try to get as much as you can.

Perhaps more important than where / how much external work experience you get, is your portfolio, though. Keep evvvverything you ever write, whether from work exp, student media, or just stuff you've written yourself.
Thanks? One question though, IYSWIM?
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Thanks? One question though, IYSWIM?
If You See What I Mean.
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If You See What I Mean.
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You'd be in much better stead doing an English / History undergraduate course, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (decent places include Cardiff, City and Preston, Central Lancs) rather than doing a journalism undergrad degree.

Work experience matters so much more, your undergrad degree can be anything at all, as long as you spend about as much time as your degree writing - for the student paper, local magazines etc.
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I'd say go with the English degree. I've heard many people say that a journalism degree isn't very valuable.

Anyway, I want to go into journalism too, and I figured I'd just add my question here instead of making a new thread, since it's related. What do you guys thing about a law or PPE degree for a career in journalism?
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I'd say go with the English degree. I've heard many people say that a journalism degree isn't very valuable.

Anyway, I want to go into journalism too, and I figured I'd just add my question here instead of making a new thread, since it's related. What do you guys thing about a law or PPE degree for a career in journalism?
I think a PPE degree would be great, but then I'm slightly biased....

Nah, seriously, as Anjole Malday says, what degree you do doesn't really matter...so long as you get a 2.1.

I'd guess the only time when a particular degree would be an advantage would be if you're very keen to get into a particular type (eg political) journalism.
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decent places include...Preston, Central Lancs
reeeally? :eek:
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reeeally? :eek:
For journalism yes, Uni of Central Lancs is one of the most respected. City & Cardiff are usually seen as the very best though.
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thinking about journalism also..
i was thinking about doing Government and History at LSE, is this a good option?
and what about the dilemma between London and Oxibridge? sure London is the city, will Oxbridge limit my chances to make 'connections' for journalism? I really dont know
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You couldn't be more wrong there. Look at how obsessed the media are with what's going on at Oxbridge, every other day we're in the papers. I've spoken to and helped some leading journalists at Telegraph, Times, Guardian(!), BBC News, Sky News, Daily Mail, Mirror etc. Also, the student papers at Ox/Cam are a lot more well known and better than LSE's Beaver - just take a look at the online editions.

Re: Government & History, good option. It's not that important like I said but good ones for journalism are English, History, Politics, PPE, Politics.
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You couldn't be more wrong there. Look at how obsessed the media are with what's going on at Oxbridge, every other day we're in the papers. I've spoken to and helped some leading journalists at Telegraph, Times, Guardian(!), BBC News, Sky News, Daily Mail, Mirror etc. Also, the student papers at Ox/Cam are a lot more well known and better than LSE's Beaver - just take a look at the online editions.

Re: Government & History, good option. It's not that important like I said but good ones for journalism are English, History, Politics, PPE, Politics.
I like the idea of Politics and History for Journalism but what about SPS at Cam? Cant really do PPE- i do none of the subjects for A Level so what else?
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I like the idea of Politics and History for Journalism but what about SPS at Cam? Cant really do PPE- i do none of the subjects for A Level so what else?
There is no necessity or even advantage (arguably) to doing any of the PPE subjects at A level.

Also, if you did PPE at Oxford you could devote pretty much all of your last 2 years to politics and history, should you choose.
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There is no necessity or even advantage (arguably) to doing any of the PPE subjects at A level.

Also, if you did PPE at Oxford you could devote pretty much all of your last 2 years to politics and history, should you choose.
how come and PPE includes history?
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I have left sUK as I nearly got banned for suggesting that it was a bad idea to study Journelsim(sp) at Greenwhich if you wanted to become a journalist.
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