(Closed) Newspaper Reporter?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Here in the UK, journalism is now a graduate profession and trainees are expected to have a postgrad qualification in journalism. When I was first trained I had to have excellent qualifications in English and write my way in. Then it was a lengthy course of training,

As for the daily routine on my last paper – and I assume you are being interviewed for a regional paper since nobody starts on the nationals without experience – I had to chase stories – we had various internet feeds – plus read local government minutes and agendas to see if their were “hidden” stories behind them, plough through various press releases to sort the publicity puffs from the news, attend court and report on proceedings, follow local internet forums and attend all local events. That in addition to writing reports on it all! I also sub-edited and was responsible for editorial design.

In your case, I’d prepare myself for being asked to write a report as part of your interview. Since news reporting has a style of its own you might find it useful to do some research. 

Good luck and I hope it goes well for you.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

 

FutureMrsB123:  i just want to say CONGRATS and good luck!! especially after your post yesterday. just be yourself, and remember to bring an extra resume in case they ask for one. if you have writing samples, i’d bring those, but first and foremost be confident! 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

FutureMrsB123:  Definitely emphasise your skills in that area. Newspapers always need people who are good with social media.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

FutureMrsB123:  Those are great ideas! I’d definitely mention them in the interview! Good luck!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

Oooh good luck! My dad was a reporter for a Major National Newspaper. I’d definitely recommend emphasizing your social media/computer skills. A lot of papers today, even when they’re putting out a dead-tree paper, have ‘enhanced content’ on their websites. Videos, interactive stuff, etc etc. So suggesting that you could put that out. Also interviewing is a lot of people skills. Having the ovaries to ask open-ended questions, stuff people might otherwise condier rude. Letting people talk. Being able to handle rejection. Ability to hear, see, or read something and analyze it and synthesize it into easily understood themes. Let us know how it goes.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FutureMrsB123:  Congratulations on the new job!! I’m so happy for you!

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