Would an English Literature degree be good for journalism? Watch
Hi. As it so happens, this is my first post here. And as it also so happens, I am a UK based journalist and editor who's been in the game for a quarter of a century. The reality is that just about every local / regional newspaper will want you to have an NCTJ qualification. Without this, most publications will not be interested in employing you. The NCTJ can be obtained in a number of ways... either through a standalone course (traditionally a one year study programme, although many training centres offer a fast-track option), and many journalism degrees / post grads incorporate the NCTJ qualification. While there are other ways into journalism, think of the NCTJ as the master key to the door. Another reality is that many newspaper editors want to see evidence that you have an interest in anything other than writing / English! If you pass the NCTJ, then it's a given that you have a basic sense of how to write. If you're interested in English Literature - then by all means study it and enjoy it (it won't do you any harm). But please don't think that studying English Literature will help you to land a job as a journalist. Really, it won't. You also mention about going on to be a freelancer. That's a noble ambition - however, unless you're at the very top of your game, with a good reputation behind you, the contacts to match, and are writing for the major players - then forget any idea of being able to pay the bills. Most local / regional publications have cut their freelance budget drastically, or else don't have a freelance budget anymore. Post back if you think I can be of any further assistance. Good luck.
Hi, thank you so much for your help! I’ll definitely look into the NCTJ. Also, I think it’s important to add that I want to be an INVESTIGATIVE freelance journalist. I really want to travel and find stories about corruption or exposing stuff, and hopefully sell my stories for a lot. Would this pay much, providing I got a really dirty story (as in unveiling something big)!