11 things I have googled in the pursuit of Journalism.

Google is a lifesaver sometimes. Well, that’s just my humble opinion.
Since I started my NCTJ qualification, I have been using Google a lot more than usual; my searches have perhaps become more specialised. They also have an element of ‘wackiness’, I guess. So: I thought that I would share them with you.

What is the Data Protection act?

This, I think, is not covered by the course I am currently taking. However, I did need it for a story I am (still) pursuing. I needed this act for accusing information; however, Google just ended up confusing me.

Press line for X,Y,Z.

Whenever there’s a story, a big organisation will probably have a press department. This isn’t always the case, however, these are much needed contacts. It’s also a way of accusing new information (but you need to know what you are looking for.)

Crazy Cat Fest.

This event has been on Twitter.. And yet: at the time of googling, there was not a lot that was known about this event. I had to Google to find out more. (If it has the word ‘Cat’, or an actual Cat, you have my attention.)

Harold Evans.

One of my lecturers talks about this man. A lot. And I cannot emphasise this enough. Ultimately, I was very curious as to who this man was-so I had to find out more. Harold Evans was an amazing journalist-if you don’t believe me, watch the Netflix documentary ‘Attacking The Devil’.

The Post-and the line of questioning

We’ve all seen the trailer for The Post, haven’t we?
I had to research this gritty film a little bit more-as I sort of already knew what The Pentagon Papers were, but I did not know about the journalistic endeavours surrounding the paper. So; this lead to a line of questioning “Who is Ben Bradlee?” “Who is Katharine Graham?” I got lost for hours.

BBC news.

Because girl’s gotta have a fix of news once in a while!

The nearest court to me.

I’m fascinated by what goes on inside a court; luckily, I have never been inside one. (So: on finding out I could go inside a court, and sit in the Press box, I got excited, planning a hypothetical trip.)

Can you go inside the Old Bailey? 

You can if you’re press, but I’m not sure you can if you’re a member of the public.

The Wapping dispute.

This was again a lecture topic that has come up that piqued my curiosity; besides, I don’t know as much about Rupert Murdoch as I probably should. I wished to find out what this was-and it seems to be a very bitter subject, still.

How to dress like a journalist.

In my head, I’m a trainee. In terms of physical appearance, I’m a shabbily dressed student in her late teens. Can’t the two match, just for once?! But eat leave the oversized detective-esque coat at home.

Crystal Bic Pen.

I have spent time looking for the best offers for this. They make really nice Shorthand pens.


  1. February 6, 2018 / 2:37 am

    This was really interesting! As someone who’s always dreamed of a career in writing, albeit in a more fictional manner, it’s really cool to see what others research while planning/writing things! If you need help with the Data Protection Act, it’s something that’s been covered a lot in my course over the last three years so I can try and help/find some credible sources of information, if you want? The government website is probably your best bet with legislation and policies.
    As for The Old Bailey question, it depends on whether the court case it open or not. Obviously if it isn’t then you can’t go in as a member of the public, and if it’s a high-profile case they’ll shut the building off completely, but you should be okay otherwise. I’m actually going there to visit on Friday as part of a trip with college. ☺️

    • February 12, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      Let me know how the trip goes-that sounds wonderful!

      • February 27, 2018 / 4:14 pm

        Sorry, I’ve just seen your reply to my comment. That’ll teach me to stop checking my WordPress notifications (is that even what they’re called?!).
        It was really interesting in the end, but not in the way you see on TV. It’s not all jumping straight into the action and having the guilty vs non guilty plea read. It’s a long process, and evidence giving can last literal days. I observed parts of a sham marriage organisation claim and a drug dealing one. I definitely found the drug dealing one more interesting, mostly because we heard closing statements as opposed to endless pieces of evidence. I’m not sure it’s something I’d sit through again unless I had a personal connection to the case or knew the background of it, but it was nice to see what it was like anyway.

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