So you’re studying journalism? Good. On. You.
Now I’m kinda biased, because I myself am a journo student, but I definitely think that if this is your jam, you’re gonna have a lot of fun.
In order to make the most of things, I have some top tips for you:
Say Yes to Everything
I started uni straight out of high school and I knew it would be a very different, so I wanted to go into it strong. I decided that if I was going to do one thing, it would be to always say yes. Yes to every opportunity, to every extra-curricular, to every social event etc.
In one of my orientation classes in O-week, a couple of members from the journalism club Newsspeak came around to ask us about joining. Was I going to sign up? Yes. Unfortunately I couldn’t make the intro meeting at uni, so, was I going to rock up for the first social event to meet a bunch of strangers at Connections at 8pm? Yes.
If you see any Women in Media events advertised, definitely say yes. They’re great (and not just for women).
Saying yes is how you meet cool people and do awesome things.
Show how keen you are
This kind of ties into the above, but it deserves its own point.
If you say yes to everything, not only will you get great opportunities, but you can show everyone else how keen you are and impress the right people.
One of the first things they tell you in your journalism course is that reputation is everything; you have to put yourself out there and make your name known. You never know, the reporter you introduced yourself to at that Women in Media event may be able to get you a job down the track.
Keep a contact book
I have a little black book with all of my journalism related contacts in it. You don’t need a book, you could do it on your phone, but you should still do it.
The majority of your units will require you to interview somebody for a story, and whether you get hold of the Minister for Health, or Peter from the Over 55’s Cycling Club (top bloke), it’s a good idea to keep them in the bank for later. If you’ve spoken to them, you already know if they’re a good source, and if they remember you they’ll be more willing to give you their time again.
Lastly, I will leave you with some words of wisdom from my fellow Newsspeak committee members:
“Get involved with as much as you can and be a sponge. If it doesn’t seem like the most amazing course, push through first year, because it gets sooo much better.” – Dan Const
“Be curious and open-minded. A lot of things don’t make sense as a first year, but you’ll slowly get it if you ask the right questions to yourself and others along the way.” – Kenith Png