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"I have chosen to enrol on a Journalism degree course because I’ve always had an interest in the media and on top of this I get real enjoyment out of reading and writing. Although at present I am not yet sure which field of journalism that I want to go into, I know that I have to obtain a degree qualification to achieve my career goal and right now feel confident enough to start a course.
I feel the best thing about becoming a journalist is that you wouldn’t just learn knowledge for the sake of it but you would also gain an ability that will allow you to have a new critical perspective on society, culture and the news.
Over the summer months I have been fortunate enough to have worked part time as an editorial assistant in the newsroom of my local newspaper. This hands on experience has helped me to obtain a insight into the real world of journalism. Whilst there I shadowed a professional journalist and got to proofread stories, gather information, meet industry specialists and be involved in a wide range of stories. During the short time I was there I really enjoy the social and investigative side of my work experience, especially when I got to go out and interview and meet people. I learnt about sides of journalism that I never knew existed, including industry standards and the importance of having an impartial and balanced view of stories.
To date my academic and work experience has helped me to discover where my strengths lie. It has also opened up my eyes to what journalism really is and its importance to people and society as a whole. I am continuously building up my ability to write in general so I can produce industry level articles, features and blogs. I am also gaining more practical knowledge such as being able to use specialist computer software for designing newspaper layouts and finding out how to obtain records and statistics.
I am attracted to your course for a number of reasons. First and foremost is the fact that your School of Journalism is well known for its high professional standards and is regarded as one of the top institutions in the country. I also understand that your course has a strong ethical dimension and is very vocational and targeted towards what I can expect in the industry, this is exactly what I want. Another point that attracts me to your programme is that you regularly have well known industry professionals as guest speakers, being able to tap into their many years experience will be invaluable."