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Hey guys! I wanted to ask about the process of getting into a journalism career?

I know you don't have to do a journalism degree, and i would really like to do one in English. But would you advise me to do English in general, or English literature, or will it even matter?

Also, when applying, what sort of work experience would be best? since i would be applying for an English degree, and journalism comes after, would it be best for me to avoid journalism related work experiences, and focus on things like publishing houses?

and work experience for english?? what are they looking for?

thanks in advance
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If you know you want to be a journalist then you really would be better off doing an accredited journalism degree.

The industry is not the same as it was 20-30 years ago when newspapers would fund bright English graduates through a journalism diploma post grad (and the post grad route is expensive if you don't have an employer to fund it - so it's only really an option for the wealthy nowadays). There's very little funding or opportunities available anymore for on the job training - if you're not qualified and accredited with a portfolio of published work then you'll struggle to find work.
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If you know you want to be a journalist then you really would be better off doing an accredited journalism degree.

The industry is not the same as it was 20-30 years ago when newspapers would fund bright English graduates through a journalism diploma post grad (and the post grad route is expensive if you don't have an employer to fund it - so it's only really an option for the wealthy nowadays). There's very little funding or opportunities available anymore for on the job training - if you're not qualified and accredited with a portfolio of published work then you'll struggle to find work.
thank you for this! It really helped!!
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(Original post by Marissa01)
Hey guys! I wanted to ask about the process of getting into a journalism career?

I know you don't have to do a journalism degree, and i would really like to do one in English. But would you advise me to do English in general, or English literature, or will it even matter?

Also, when applying, what sort of work experience would be best? since i would be applying for an English degree, and journalism comes after, would it be best for me to avoid journalism related work experiences, and focus on things like publishing houses?

and work experience for english?? what are they looking for?

thanks in advance
I did English (graduating July 2019) now I'm a journalist. I write a blog which covers a lot of journalism studies topics.
Feel free to ask me any questions.
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