Building Contacts In The Journalism Industry
Aside from being able to learn first-hand from journalism experts, the success of the News Associates’ remote part-time course lies in the contacts that students get to make. It’s a great place to establish those initial relationships among a group of peers who are serious about making it work as a journalist.
Bradfield says: “One of the best things about the course is the fact we all come from completely different backgrounds, often outside of journalism, which I think works really well. It means we are all bringing different experiences and skills to the group and learning from each other.”
For Spain-based Cacho, taking the course is not just about building up her skills and portfolio, but also about starting to establish herself within English journalism circles. “Classes are live but remote, which works for my situation. I also get to do practical exercises and work with professionals and other people who want to become journalists,” she says.
Of course, the downside of a fully remote course is the lack of in-person contact with fellow trainees. This is something that extroverts might struggle with and is the reason Spencer seriously considered an in-house course. “But for where I am just now, I absolutely made the right choice,” he says. Trainees have also self-organised with WhatsApp group chats and are also planning meet-ups with others nearby.
So, is it worth it? As Pond sums up: “If you want to become a journalist but still need to pay the rent, then don’t walk to this course — run to it!”
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