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    heey, well basically just looking for some advice for choosing a degree course. i'd like to become a newspaper/magazine critic for like music/events/films/theatre ect ect and am not sure which is the best course to take. i know i should take an english-based course to develop my writing skills but which course would be best for this?i.e would it be better to take an english lit course, a journalism one, a creative writing one, an eng lang one? im confused as to which would be best! thanks for any advice anyone can give!
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    i think it would be best to take an english lit/lang degree. you are obviously very bright, and you'd learn a lot of diverse things from an english degree. you may learn some journalistic stuff in an english degree, and will also get creative writing possibilities. you'll find a lot of the top people in newspapers and broadcasting have "respected" degrees in english, history, politics etc rather than a newer type of degree such as journalism. you'll also find that you can't staudy journalism at the best universities (the best one being sheffield i think, but nowhere else that is top 20). you can also always get into journalism through working for your university paper.
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    ^Yep, I want to do the same but some features as well and was advised to do an Eng Lit degree (though I'd done the A Level, so it wasn't just a random thing that my careers advisor said!), then do a journalism qualification after. You can get NCTJ acredited Journalism degrees, but ultimately you can get the NCTJ with just 6 months-a year of study at a college without spending 3 doing the Journalism degree, so it's kind of not the best use of your time. Also, it's better you do a specific degree like English, instead of Journalism, as it will be more useful and gives you a specialism to write about. Creative writing is probably the wrong kind of writing for a career in journalism.
    I'm in my 3rd year at Cardiff doing Eng Lit.
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    I am currently working as a journo (part-time) to pay my way through school. I work for Invincible Magazine and although we aren't really bothered about the uni you go to, we usually like degrees in English lit or lang, Media studies and Journalism. Hope that helps!

    Also try and get a lot of experience and remember, money is no objection as you will not get paid much during placements!
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    Media Studies is the way forward ...lol only joking ...on a serious note....English is your best way forward


    though any part-time/volunteer work while u study will stand you in good stead....
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    I'm writing for various magazines and websites, getting paid and am in college. Haven't even got a degree :P
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    English Literature/History etc would probably be your best options.
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    I would have thought 3 years of experiance would be better than any degree when trying to get in to writing like that
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    When we were researching work experience in school, our teacher told us to write to a famous person who does a job you're interested in and ask for their advice.

    At the time, I was thinking of journalism so wrote to John Humphries (Today, Master Mind etc.). He basically said, take a respected degree like English or History that will develop your writing skills at a good university.
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    What everyone else said basically. English if you like it... or another traditional subject like history. Then postgrad journalism or whatever.
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    If you don't want to do a traditional course then Surrey Uni offers a good course:
    BA (Hons) Culture, Media and Communication with Professional English

    She's loving it, she wants to become a journalist (which is a bit of a family business for her!).
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    Whatever course you do choose, just try and get a lot of experience when you're doing it. Lots of unis have student newspapers, newsletters, and so on, but very few of them are actually any real good or run in a professional way! Anyway, do reviews and work for them and build up a portfolio. You might consider setting up a website for your reviews, and so on- anything so that, in a few years time, you've got other things and examples of your work with which to approach potential employers.
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    All art subjects would be great. I think in particular: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, History, Geography, English literature etc. In particular those, since they are all heavily focused on critical thought, a major tool journos use.
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    (Original post by Browneyedboi)
    All art subjects would be great. I think in particular: Politics, Philosophy, Economics, History, Geography, English literature etc. In particular those, since they are all heavily focused on critical thought, a major tool journos use.
    Naturally, some degrees have no critical thought involved at all. Come to think of it, my sarcasm is probably misplaced :rolleyes: .
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    Mathematics. You'll spot the flaws..
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    me to
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    Vice Versa lol
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    (Original post by FadeToBlackout)
    Whatever course you do choose, just try and get a lot of experience when you're doing it. Lots of unis have student newspapers, newsletters, and so on, but very few of them are actually any real good or run in a professional way! Anyway, do reviews and work for them and build up a portfolio. You might consider setting up a website for your reviews, and so on- anything so that, in a few years time, you've got other things and examples of your work with which to approach potential employers.
    That's excellent advice.

    The course doesn't seem to be as critical as the experience you gather while in university. Building a porfolio from early on is certainly a good idea if you're confident in your abilities and what to showcase them. I'm not sure if publishing them online is wish, but I suppose it can't hurt (set it up in a blog format, for example, with room for comments so you can defend your arguments).
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    I hate maths
    Why do you hate Maths?
 
 
 
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