Sure, we might bang on a lot about how being a journalist isn’t an identity – but there are probably some common threads as to what gifts we’d like to find sitting under the Christmas tree.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect present for an accomplished journalist, a stocking filler for a journalism student, or something for an aspiring writer, we’ve got you covered. Heck, you might even find something for yourself. In which case, just leave the browser open somewhere really obvious…
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It’s probably a safe bet that your journalist pal loves some good stationary (we all do), and it’s also pretty useful for the day job. Here’s a quick round-up of some of our recommended bits and bobs.
One Of These Aesthetically Pleasing Daily Planners
Personally, if I didn’t plan my day on paper I’d be lost by lunchtime. We tried out a fancy Daily Planner from Papier and absolutely loved it – you get sections for 16 weeks, all undated so you can use them whenever you like.
As well as helping you track your to-dos, there’s also space to set and review personal goals, or even what you’re having for dinner tonight. (Ed. I am literally buying one of these right now.)
Fun fact – these spiral notepads are typically ideal for journos because you can flip them more quickly when taking notes, and you can draw in your own margin to add annotations for your shorthand. Now you know.
A good addition to those handy notepads is this Pukka notebook holder – they make scribbling stuff down feel a little bit fancier, and also reduce the likelihood of damaging in bag spills.
It’s a bit of a higher price at £15.95 but their very jazzy designs make it worth it. Plus, this holder also comes with two notebooks, one lined for your notes, and one plain for any freeform doodling.
So this one isn’t technically stationary per se – but the chances are you’re recording at least some of your interviews. For your interview-savvy journalist, an Otter subscription could be the perfect gift that saves them literal buckets of time.
Made for automatically writing up meeting notes, we’ve found that Otter is great for uploading audio recordings of your Zoom or phone call interviews, instead of re-listening to your own voice whilst you listen for important quotes.
It’s not perfect, but is good enough to help you get to the important bits super quickly. Their basic plan is free but can only transcribe live meetings and chats.
As well as having better quality recordings (so you can use them for broadcast or just reduce mistakes in transcription) you can also buy a combination of leads to plug this into your phone so you can record directly. That’s right, the gift of no longer having to put your phone on loudspeaker while you record from your laptop.
We spotted journalists on Twitter discussing what makes a good ‘journalism coat’ – it has to be warm enough to stand at crime scenes, professional enough to interview politicians, have big enough pockets for a notebook, and (most importantly) a hood to make sure you don’t get rained on.
Journalists, broadly, are big fans of reading. But occasionally, we’d just like something different, you know? If you (or they) don’t know where to look, fear not. Print isn’t dead, and you could gift them some thoughtful, independent IRL magazines. I hear you say, what’s different about that? Take a look.
Akin Magazine is an independent lifestyle publication that helps lift up indie creatives and businesses. As well as their own mag, they stock the best indie publications and it’s regularly updated so you can find something new. Our faves our Courier, gal-dem and Aussie staple Frankie.
They even have a ‘Magazine Treat Box’ – a mag of your choice, plus an artisan vegan choc bar and some tasty tea, from only £14. Yum.
Okay, forgive us for the shameless self-promo. We’re guessing that since you’re here, your journalist or journalism student pal already follows us and maybe reads our weekly newsletter.
But did you know that’s not all we do? We have three membership tiers that get you extra goodies, including access to all of our past and future events and more. Whatever point in their career they are, they’ll find practical events to help them move forward, exclusive discount codes, and our beautiful printed magazine.
Want us to send you a gift certificate for your journalist to open on the big day? Just email email@example.com after you’ve ordered.
We joke. Or do we? Here at JR we can only wish (yes, our own Twitter verification application got rejected again).
But we reckon if you sneakily applied for Twitter verification on your journalist’s account and actually got it, it would make their year. Worth a shot?
You can witness journalists’ tears on Twitter in real time.
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Fern joined the Journo Resources team in mid-2021 as a trainee, and will focus on writing original features and content during her time at Journo Resources. Fern also takes the lead on our Instagram account, as well as keeping our resources and jobs board up to date.
Based in Leeds, where she completed her degree and was part of the editing team for her student paper The Gryphon, Fern is also a freelance journalist and is available for commissions on a range of lifestyle subjects.