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    I've got my first journalism work experience tomorrow, doing one free work at my local paper. It's my first work exp in journalism so slightly nervous about it.

    Obviously I know it'll be important to be punctual, do the tasks required of me etc, but what other things should I be thinking of to 'impress' the people there, such as the news editor who I will be working with?

    Any things I should think about before tomorrow?

    Advice appreciated.

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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    I've got my first journalism work experience tomorrow, doing one free work at my local paper. It's my first work exp in journalism so slightly nervous about it.

    Obviously I know it'll be important to be punctual, do the tasks required of me etc, but what other things should I be thinking of to 'impress' the people there, such as the news editor who I will be working with?

    Any things I should think about before tomorrow?

    Advice appreciated.

    Cheers

    Be pro-active.

    Create work for yourself.
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    Even stupid things like offering to make the tea or coffee, I'd rather be remembered as that lovely one who made a great cup of coffee than that alright one who did a bit of filing.
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    Turn up smartly dressed and 5 minutes early.

    Get a good night's sleep beforehand - appearing glazed isn't exactly impressive.

    If you know who you're going to be working with, do some research on their work - through reading their articles etc. you should be able to grasp their political leanings/feelings about current events, which will no doubt come up in conversation/work.

    Read the newspaper in question (though if it's tomorrow you might want to check up on their online archives). If they ask if you had any particular interests, you could express an interest in the subject of a recent article etc. etc.

    Be respectful, and try not to get in the way too much if the person you're shadowing is clearly busy.


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    Just be friendly, helpful and enthusiastic
 
 
 

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