When I entered the profession at 21, I was fortunate to find a job on a specialist magazine fairly soon after leaving University. But I have my doubts about whether it would be as easy now. That’s not to say it’s impossible, but as we all know, there are fewer graduate jobs in traditional journalism these days.
One thing that hasn’t changed is that there are many different paths into journalism. I’ve recently been advising career changers to do a vocational journalism course. But seeing how start-ups and hyperlocals have acted as a launchpad for their founders’ careers, I started wondering whether a journalism course is necessary for a motivated graduate.
I was therefore interested to read about four recent graduates who are going to test drive some of these diverse career paths. Their blog Wannabe Hacks will document their attempts to break into the media industry.
Like all good heist movies each character has a distinct role: the freelancer, the student, the detective and the intern. They are also seeking a fifth – the worker.
Their mission is pretty self-explanatory. The student will embark on a postgraduate journalism course, the intern will offer up his time unpaid in exchange from some on-the-job experience, the freelancer will freelance, while the detective will errr…
Actually this is the weakest link in the whole experiment as the detective has worked in journalism before and is also doing a postgraduate qualification in journalism at the same university as the student. (I must add that this comment is not a personal criticism of the detective, but rather a question about whether his path is truly distinctive from those of the other bloggers.)
I would be more interested in seeing them recruit a blogger who is using a hyperlocal blog or a collaboration (such as the Berlin Project) to launch their career. Still, this is an interesting experiment and I look forward to seeing how they fare.
Best of luck lads!
via Wannabe Hacks