It’s May. And it’s crunch time. For various reasons.
As I have written about before, I haven’t got long left on my Journalism course; after that, it’s out into the big wide world. (Scary thought, no?) That played a part in me going freelance. But it’s also crunch time; practicing Shorthand, filing manically to a deadline, pitching a lot. A lot has happened this month, in short.
So much has happened on the course, and in such little time! It’s amazing to me to think that I’ll be finished in July.
I sat my Essential Journalism exam and the Regulations exam. (I found this topic hard; because it’s so subjective, it can be hard to get to grips with.) But I enjoyed the fast-paced element of this module, and practicing turning around stories quickly. It went horribly wrong, so I’m re-sitting it next month.
But it’s crunch time; there is only so long left. My portfolio is due next month; I also need to get to the hundred words a minute in Shorthand. Alongside this I’m trying to pitch freelance assignments, blog, occasionally read a book..
I forgot to link up what pieces I had published last month; so here is what I have been writing for the last two months! (I think. Some may go further back than that.)
There were some in-print articles as well, and as far as I understand, they are not online. I wrote a feature for BN1 with my classmate, Chelsea, called A Week Of Kindness; I was also in The Brighton And Hove Independent, as part of an interview with a local freelancer and businesswoman .
I read a lot less this month, largely as I have been a bit too busy. However, I really enjoyed A Hack’s Progress by Philip Knightley. Out of print, I had to buy it second hand from an independent bookshop; it was a treasure trove, a time capsule. He has hilarious stories, and is exactly the journalist that I wish to be.
And from the internet:
There have been various pieces from the internet that I have enjoyed:
5 tips for getting 100 wpm Shorthand / Top court reporting tips / Justice is seen to be done / 10 things you should know about the Tommy Robinson case / Amsterdam gets tough on tourist anti social behaviour / Social media is the perfect tool for autistic people / Banksy in Amsterdam / What’s in my handbag / Turning your blog into a brand / Do follow vs No follow links /