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I know that it's around the sort of time where i should be honing down my personal statement, and i have received emails from my teachers telling me to do so. However, i am unsure as to what is going to be the best path into a career in the media/journalistic world. I've talked to professional journalists and they have informed me that doing a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Journalism is the best path to take. My AS grades were AAAB so i'm hoping that i can get good enough grades to apply to most decent universities, my only worry is that an a degree in English is going to be three very long and tedious years. I'd basically just like to know everyone's opinions on the matter, preferably those who have taken or are currently taking an English degree and just give me some information on what to expect from the courses?

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Hey, I'm more or less in the same situation as you but a year ahead - I hope to become a foreign correspondent in the (distant) future and am starting an English degree at Cambridge this October. I spoke to a loooot of people when I was trying to work out what to do at uni, including some friends of friends who work in the the Daily Mail & Independent - the advice I got was that a Journalism Bachelor's degree is in general seen as pretty worthless (with grades like yours, you should be aiming for top unis anyway - and you'll find that very few top unis actually offer Journalism as a BA course) so your best bet is to go into Journalism school after your BA, i.e. do a Masters in it. However don't feel obligated to do a necessarily English degree if you don't enjoy the subject - have you considered PPE or something along those lines? That would be a very useful BA to have for journalism both as a career and as a Master's - if I were you I'd look into the various subjects at BA that Journalism Schools will accept for their Masters' programme, and see what interests you.
I hope that made some form of sense, and good luck :}
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Hey, thanks for the reply! it's good to know that i'm not the only one who's had a stress about this sort of thing before i'll definitely have to have a look into PPE as it's certainly given me some food for thought about all the different options there are out there! I still feel like an English degree will be most beneficial, however, due to the large number of doors that i can open if i decide that a career in Journalism isn't for me. I also thoroughly enjoy the subject, i'm only a little apprehensive about choosing the wrong university and ending up with a terrible course structure. Any Uni's that you could recommend for English? Also what sort of things should i be looking to include in my personal statement?

Sorry to bombard you with questions! You just seem very helpful and obviously know your stuff
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Well I applied to Cambridge (obviously), Durham (despite the 'reputation' of it being a very snooty place, the course they offer is really, really interesting if, like me, you're a bit apprehensive about doing all the hardcore medieval / ancient literature, which unfortunately is the focus of the Cambridge tripos in the first year :P ), Exeter (by far my favourite course - you can do modules in film noir, European lit, etc etc so again it's a lot more exciting and un-traditional - but to each their own. They also offer an English course where you do a year abroad in an American uni!), Bristol (had the cheek to reject me xD though to be fair that one was a complete whim, I think their course is fairly old-fashioned/traditional/Cambridge-esque), and Sussex (my insurance - a similar course to Exeter and I completely fell in love with Brighton.
Cam, Durham and Exeter all asked for A*AA, Sussex asked for AAA. If I hadn't got into Cam I would probably have gone for Exeter in all honesty, but like I've said I made those choices purely because I personally wanted a more modern, diverse tripos - I'd suggest that, with grades like yours, you do what I did and just go through the league tables for English from the top down and see which unis do courses you're really interested in. Warwick also have a great reputation, and UCL - I'm from London so I didn't apply to any round here for fear of having to stay at home xD
In terms of the personal statement, the best advice I got was to make sure EVERY sentence is selling you. I.e. every single sentence should include a reason you'd be great to teach/ you deserve that place/ you love that subject. A mistake I've seen a loooot of people make on their PS was to ramble on at the beginning about how important English is to society/etc - remember the admissions people already KNOW all this, the English professors especially don't need reminding of how important their profession is. So just make sure you make the focus on YOU - as a rough guide I was told to make the first 70% or so about my love for the subject & how my academical achievements (i.e. my A-levels) each will help me to study English - and the last 30% picking out specific extra curricular skills and how each of THOSE will help me be a great English student.
I hope I'm not coming across as someone who thinks they're the dog's *******s when it comes to PS writing - I'm just regurgitating the information I was given and seeing as my UMS average was way below the 95% of most Cambridge interviewees I have been told that the fact I was invited means it was my personal statement that made me stand out :3 PM me if you want me to send it to you.
Ahhhh that was an essay and a half but I hope it helped
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I'm doing Journalism this September at Uni

You have to look at the job market. This time last year I was exactly like you. But by doing a vocational course like Journalism with opportunities for work experience etc, you're more likely to have a job at the end of it because of the contacts you build, than with an english degree.
I mean if you're going to do English then you may want to consider about what career you want after it-that is after all why we pay so much to go to Uni. I would suggest York (AAA) or any other.
At Salford you can do a combined in English and Journalism, but you still need good UCAS points to get in.
I say think about the current job climate and think about the career you want to do. If you do chose english with the intention of doing a post grad in journalism, remember that they'll be others with 3+ years experience than you with a journalism degree. So gain work experience. If its teaching-volunteer in a Guiding group etc.

Just be weary that you may be good at a subject, but realistically will it lead to a job? (A careers advisor once told me that if you do history at Uni, you become a careers advisor!) Chose wisely :smartass:
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I heard that it's better to do a Bachelors in the area you want to specialise in and then a Masters. If you don't want to find a specialism though then I'd advise doing and NCTJ accredited Bachelors in Journalism. It will get you on the ladder quicker and with less debt overall. You wouldn't be able to get to editorial level as quickly and it would be hard graft to write for a national outlet, but if you're happy working for a local or regional paper it's probably your best bet.
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I heard that it's better to do a Bachelors in the area you want to specialise in and then a Masters. If you don't want to find a specialism though then I'd advise doing and NCTJ accredited Bachelors in Journalism. It will get you on the ladder quicker and with less debt overall. You wouldn't be able to get to editorial level as quickly and it would be hard graft to write for a national outlet, but if you're happy working for a local or regional paper it's probably your best bet. Sheffield has the highest ranked course in the country and it's highly vocational, so you'd be getting all of the practical skills like video editing, shorthand ect, right off the bat. It's required grades are ABB, so it's definitely within your grasp. If not, pick something you want to write about, study it, then do a masters or PGDip.
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Oops. My apologies for the duplicate My PC had an incident
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