100 thoughts I have had about being on a journalism course.

Starting my NCTJ qualification left me with a lot of thoughts; in fact, my head is very rarely not buzzing with story ideas, questions, shorthand outlines, snatches of poetry, possible drawings. So: I thought I would share 100 thoughts that I have had about being on this course with you. Some may be cynical, sarcastic, tongue in cheek, but this is to convey the variety of moods and situations:

  1. “Wow, everyone here is so much older than me! They are so intimidating!”
  2. “But actually, I really like them. They are so cool.”
  3. “I wish I could be like them.”
  4. “Shorthand?! SHORTHAND?!”
  5. *Sees a new outline* “What the Frick frack does that mean?”
  6. *Curiosity overtakes* “Got any good stories, classmate?”
  7. “I’m a JOURNALIST NOW!
  8. “So many numbers, so little time… What’s 52A again?”
  9. *On someone saying something controversial* “I’m not sure what to think, but I won’t judge you out loud, in the interests of not being biased.”
  10. “Why do journalists get such flack?”
  11. “Oh, now I understand why…” (On hearing about Untold, the podcast.)
  12. “I’d like to know more about X,Y,Z”
  13. *On seeing a news story breaking in the kitchen meeting room* “GOTTA WATCH THIS!”
  14. “Remind me: what’s privilege again?”
  15. “And what are the two different parts again to the schedule?”
  16. “SO MANY ABBREVIATIONS!”
  17. “Repeat after me: IPSO, PCC, JDF…”
  18. “What is the Shorthand outline to…?”
  19. “What is Floccinaucinihilipilification in Shorthand?”
  20. Yes, really.
  21. “Talking on the Landline to strangers is hard”
  22. *Develops new tone for talking on the phone to convey possible stress*
  23. “Oh, that probably sounds like I’m p***** off. Whoops”
  24. “Press offices are so helpful…”
  25. “Press offices are not AT ALL HELPFUL, I JUST WANT THE INFORMATION I NEED!”
  26. “Stay calm, stay cool”
  27. “People ask me “Why do you want to be a journalist?” a lot. I shall scream if I’m asked this any time soon.”
  28. “Can you actually be unbiased in a news broadcast?”
  29. Concludes: not always. Humans are too complex.
  30. And my own bias can get in the way sometimes.
  31. But it’s best not too let it.
  32. *Sees a news story breaking late at night* “I MUST TEXT MY CLASSMATE WHO THIS IS RELEVANT TO”
  33. *On another cabinet minister resigning * “Boom, boom, boom, Another One Bites The Dust”
  34. “Don’t get too involved, Lydia”
  35. *Sees something happening* “THIS IS A GOOD STORY”
  36. *Creates list of emails to send about stories”
  37. “I best write this a diary, or I will loose track of who I’m taking to”
  38. “Yep, lost track”
  39. “Oh, wait, wait, I understand where I’m going”
  40. “Why do people in high places have expensive phone numbers to call?”
  41. “JUST TELL ME THE INFORMATION, I NEED IT!”
  42. *On receipt of said information* “Thank you kindly, good sir. You have a good day now.”
  43. *Receives the exact same email from someone continually* “Sir, I’m not going to do the story you want. No matter how many times you ask me”
  44. *Researches email blocking functions for spam and the above mentioned scenario*
  45. *Blocks incessant story tips*
  46. *Sees something interesting on Twitter* “Maybe they’d be a good story?”
  47. 10 minutes later: “No, something better will turn up.”
  48. Or: “Get me their details now!!”
  49. “Asking questions is so hard..”
  50. “But not if you write them down!”
  51. “Will I ever get to being able to write 100 words a minute in Shorthand?”
  52. “Or even 60 words?”
  53. “I’ve got forty words a minute!”
  54. “Time to celebrate this major achievement!”
  55. *Saves a tiny bottle of champagne for graduation*
  56. “I’m so worried about the examined Portfolio”
  57. “Please Mr Newspaperman, let me write this…”
  58. “How do people get a record of splashes on the front page?”
  59. “Everyone should listen to Untold!”
  60. “Harold Evans is my hero! I really wish that I could meet him, and his wife, Tina Brown.”
  61. “Investigations is what I would love to go into.”
  62. “How do investigatory journalists get stories?”
  63. “Surveillance to the excess is wrong! How is it even legal?”
  64. “Gotta protect my sources..”
  65. “How could I get a national story?”
  66. “NOT ALL JOURNALISTS ARE ‘SCUM’ AND I WILL DEFEND MY TRADE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE”
  67. “However, there are some crimes committed by journalists that are disgusting”
  68. “This is my calling..”
  69. “This world is going way too fast for me. This means I need to land a story quicker..”
  70. ” ‘No one pays like News Of The World’ Uggghh”
  71. “I can’t wait for Public affairs”
  72. “Ah, politics…”
  73. “I’m so grateful that I haven’t taken the fast track course”
  74. “I’m going up in the world!! How the Frick frack did I get here?”
  75. “How do people communicate? It’s hard asking questions!”
  76. “Law is definitely my favourite”
  77. “I need chips for lunch. GIVE ME CHIPS, BEING A JOURNALIST DEMANDS A LOT FROM ME!”
  78. “Spelling is the bane of my life.”
  79. “As is Shorthand”
  80. “Who is the guest speaker going to be this week?”
  81. “I can’t wait for the ….. ……. talk” (I can’t blog about this just yet.)
  82. “I’m gonna write questions for guests who are coming down.”
  83. Research knows best”
  84. “Can’t go wrong with Research.”
  85. “I should start drinking more. It seems to make good anecdotes.”
  86. “Security is paramount.”
  87. I wish I could be as good a journalist as Ben Bradlee”
  88. “Or even Harry Evans”
  89. “And Caitlin Moran!”
  90. “Or Tina Brown”
  91. “Don’t ask, you don’t get”
  92. “It’s very hard interviewing people face-to-face”
  93. “But then again, I would rather be the interviewer, not the interviewee”
  94. “Do we really have a free Press?”
  95. “Why would Leveson 2 apparently be a bad idea? It should happen-we need accountability.”
  96. “Accountability for people in power, that is.”
  97. “All I wish to do is to help people”
  98. “Gotta look professional”
  99. “Here I go!”
  100. “I have finally found my home”

2 thoughts on “100 thoughts I have had about being on a journalism course.

  1. Niamh says:

    I absolutely loved this post!! Im on a foundation year of a journalism degree and I have some of these thoughts already!! I can’t wait to start focusing just on journalism! Absolutely love your blog!

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