On April the 25th I am helping to put on a daylong event for aspiring journalists. It’s called ‘So you want to be a journalist?’ and it’s your chance to hear how you can make it from top industry professionals.
Tickets cost £40, and yes I’m biased but I’m going to tell you why it’s worth it.
- How many times have you heard how competitive the job market is in media? How it’s only the really amazingly clever and talented people that make it? It’s this attitude that makes journalism seem like a member’s only club. The people inside don’t want to share their trade secrets in case of competition and those on the outside often feel like they are blindly following a dream they don’t know too much about. You think you want to be a journalist….but you’re not sure. This is your chance to be sure. Hear how some of the top people made it and how you can too. Straight from the horse’s mouth; no myths, no hidden agenda and no scare tactics.
- Contacts. This is the only time you will be in the same room as so many top journalists. Meet them, say hello, ask some questions – if they remember you they will be much more likely to respond to any future emails. Heard about how so many people get jobs because they’ve got contacts? Start making yours.
- Stand out from the crowd. Yes there are lots of young people who want to work in media and not enough jobs but by coming to this conference you’ve got the upper hand. You’ll find out how to make your job application stand out and what kind of things you should be doing NOW.
- Meet each other. I am VERY excited about this. How fun is it to meet people you’ve got loads in common with? You can meet fellow aspiring journos, share tips and get loads more twitter followers. I am very keen to organise a pub party afterwards. Who’s in?
- Find out the things you really need to know. I have been told by countless people with journalism qualifications that to be a journalist you need skills and the only way to acquire these is to train on-the-job. So what are they? And do you really need that MA, NCTJ qualification and degree? Find out what the best way in to the trade is for you.
A couple of people have questioned the price of this conference.
But putting on an event to this scale costs thousands and it’s not being put on by a charity. It’s been pulled together by two freelance journalists who rely on themselves to make a living and while they are spending time organising a conference like this, they are missing out on paid work.
Most importantly when it comes down to it, it’s a great conference with an amazing line up of speakers.
Still sweating about the £40? Here are forty ways to save/make it.
- Instead of buying a sandwich/pasty/burger/coffee at lunch make some sandwiches at home. If you swapped spending £4 a day on lunch, five days a week for a month with homemade lunch you’d save £40
- Swap red bull for instant coffee. Saving £23ish
- Give up online shopping for lent. Saving ££££££££££’s
- Before a night out, instead of having your first drink at the club/pub have a mighty pre drinking session at home, by the time you’re out all you’ll want to do is dance. Saving at least £20 a week
- If you do insist on buying drinks when out, take only the set amount of cash you’re happy to spend and no plastic cards
- And swap: Jaeger for Corkys (sorry…), Vodka for Archers, Bottles of beer/lager/cider for pints and WKD for VK
- Stop buying take away. How much does this cost every time? £5? £10? Cook double the amount of dinner before going out and save half for when you get back. Frozen pizzas are also very cheap
- Get a job
- Sell old clothes/books on eBay. You’ll be surprised at what people will buy…
- Don’t buy new clothes for every night out, you’ll just throw up on it anyway
- Don’t buy ready meals; buy rice, pasta & potatoes
- Do a sponsored run. You are a charity, right?
- Swap the cinema for movie night
- Give up buying coffee/tea out for a month
- Swap public transport for walking or cycling
- If you do need a lift don’t get a taxi, get a bus
- Cancel your gym membership and exercise in the park instead
- Buy multipacks of crisps from the supermarket instead of buying single packets every day
- Stop buying Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Just for a month
- Use your overdraft – that’s what it’s there for. The bank don’t care, they have customers who have millions invested. They won’t come and find you
- But do keep account of what you’re spending so you don’t go over any overdraft limits and get charged by the bank
- Borrow £40 off mum/dad/granny/sibling
- Stop buying cans/bottled water when out, take drinks from home instead
- Ditch brands when shopping
- Nick toilet rolls from university loos
- Shave your head
- Girls, stop buying Benefit make up. It’s not good and you are effectively paying for nice boxes and packaging. Max Factor all the way, plus they always have 2 for 3
- Cut your own hair. Messy is in
- You don’t need the latest iphone/ipad/blackberry, you just want it
- Stop going to the shops because you’re bored
- Eat roadkill
- Nice looking stationary: you don’t need it
- Grow your own asparagus
- De friend all your friends on Facebook for a month so you don’t spend on social gatherings
- Buy in bulk
- Write a shopping list and stick to it
- Make your own laundry detergent
- Shop with a friend and take advantage of 2 for 1 deals
- Ask for money instead of Easter eggs
- Get a job