Brighton Journalist Works


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Presentation by Paula O'Shea, MD Brighton Journalist Works, on the NCTJ and (Sussex accredited) MA courses on offer

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Brighton Journalist Works

  1. 1. Brighton’s leading media training company
  2. 2. Brighton Journalist Works – working journalists to teach journalism
  3. 3. The National Council for the Training of Journalists <ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Trains you in a busy daily newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>You get your own page on The Argus website </li></ul><ul><li>Make a blog, use twitter, shoot and edit video, learn shorthand </li></ul><ul><li>You get real work experience </li></ul><ul><li>You get taught by working journalists </li></ul><ul><li>You get an NCTJ Qualification </li></ul>
  5. 5. Award-winning students
  6. 6. Awards <ul><li>NCTJ Scoop of the Year – two years running </li></ul><ul><li>NCTJ Public Affairs awards for top exam results in the country - two years running </li></ul><ul><li>NCTJ News Journalist of the Year 2011 </li></ul>
  7. 7. NCTJ News Journalist of the Year Scarlett Wrench – journalist at Men's Health magazine
  8. 8. Argus Community Correspondent
  9. 9. Portfolio of published work
  10. 10. Get in to print:
  11. 11. Work Experience
  12. 12. How to get a job in journalism <ul><li>You can be a journalist </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, lots of people want to be journalists </li></ul><ul><li>But there are also lots of jobs in journalism </li></ul><ul><li>So why shouldn’t it be you? </li></ul>
  13. 13. A Day in the Life <ul><li>Reporter comes up with ideas </li></ul><ul><li>News Editor comes up with ideas </li></ul><ul><li>News Editor assigns the story </li></ul><ul><li>Reporter gets the story, writes </li></ul><ul><li>Chief Sub assigns pages to subs </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-editor cuts, corrects, re-writes, updates, headlines, pictures, captions, lays out on page </li></ul><ul><li>Journalist may do all of these online </li></ul>
  14. 14. You want a job that : <ul><li>Every day is different </li></ul>Fulfilling and at the centre of events Every day is different Creative Working with words <ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfilling and at the centre of events </li></ul><ul><li>Working with words </li></ul>
  15. 15. Nicholas Tomalin: “ The only qualities for real success in journalism are rat like cunning, a plausible manner and a little literary ability.”
  16. 16. Piers Morgan – editor of Daily Mirror 2002 <ul><li>“ Journalism is full of lying, cheating, drunken, cocaine-sniffing, unethical people. It’s a wonderful profession.” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Careers in Journalism – the truth <ul><li>Journalists are more likely to go running than drinking at lunchtime </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism is about telling real-life stories and explaining the world </li></ul><ul><li>Good journalists shine lights where the public cannot see </li></ul><ul><li>Bring knowledge where there was ignorance </li></ul><ul><li>Dabble in the stuff of other people’s lives </li></ul>
  18. 18. What editors want: <ul><li>“ I look for an inquiring mind and someone who can come up with ideas. The worst kind of applicants are the ones that sit there and say they like writing. They might be able to write a beautiful 2,500 word essay on The Tempest but can they write four paragraphs on a charity race?” </li></ul>
  19. 19. I have interviewed dozens of editors and asked them the ten most important things potential journalists need to get a job ( and luckily ten ways to make sure you can get these ten most important things…….)
  20. 20. Ten essential things you need to get a job as a journalist: <ul><li>Proof you can interview </li></ul><ul><li>Proof you know the laws of libel </li></ul><ul><li>Proof you know where to go to get a story </li></ul><ul><li>Proof you can write fast and accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Proof you have spotless spelling </li></ul><ul><li>Proof you are a multimedia journalist </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience </li></ul><ul><li>Cuttings </li></ul><ul><li>Shorthand </li></ul><ul><li>NCTJ Qualifications </li></ul>
  21. 21. Editors want someone who can: <ul><li>Come up with ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Explain them simply, quickly and accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Explain why it is important to your reader, listener or viewer </li></ul><ul><li>Using words, sound, pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough to have a degree or A levels, need a recognised journalism qualification and work experience </li></ul>
  22. 22. NCTJ Diploma in Journalism at JOURNALIST WORKS teaches you all that in just 14 weeks plus work experience
  23. 23. MA in Multimedia Journalism <ul><li>NCTJ Diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Study </li></ul><ul><li>One academic year </li></ul><ul><li>NEW NCTJ modules in Broadcast Journalism </li></ul>
  24. 24. Two non- NCTJ accredited Masters <ul><li>Journalism and Media </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism and Documentary </li></ul>
  25. 25. BJW graduates’ careers in journalism <ul><li>Reporters on newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Reporters on magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-editors on newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-editors on magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Online journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Press officers </li></ul><ul><li>Radio and TV journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Business to business magazine journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Communications managers for MPs and councils and corporations </li></ul><ul><li>Sports journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Reporters for celebrity news agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Freelance reporters or sub-editors </li></ul><ul><li>Set up your own magazine </li></ul>
  26. 26. It worked for her – it could work for you <ul><li>Journalist –Sky </li></ul><ul><li>Journalist – Surrey Mirror </li></ul>
  27. 27. It worked for him – it could work for you <ul><li>Journalist –Total Film </li></ul><ul><li>Journalist – Q magazine </li></ul>
  28. 28. Brighton’s leading media training company
  29. 29. JOURNALIST WORKS how to apply <ul><li>Our courses give you everything you need to become a working journalist </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to us, ask questions </li></ul><ul><li>Apply online: </li></ul><ul><li>Apply online for MAs: </li></ul>
  30. 30. Thank You