My first journalism job: never stop learning

 

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Photo: photolouge_hp

In many ways, the securing of one’s first job in journalism can seem more of an end, than a beginning. The conclusion of the seemingly endless weeks of work experience, the long periods of working for free, internship after internship, the end of years of studying, the cramming for exams while desperately attempting to freelance on the side. The end of trying to stand out among your colleagues and course-mates, fighting for patch stories, for exclusive interviews and the end of applications for jobs. This is only partly the case.

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‘Having it all’ and why at 23 I feel under pressure to do it now

My quarter life crisis has come early, and society doesn’t like it.

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I read this the other day and it resonated with me.

It talks about the taboo of having children in your early twenties — after your teenage years so you’re not seen as “irresponsible” in the eyes of your parents, but also before you hit 30, the average age a mother is when she has a child today.

I felt confused, and even more so because I didn’t know why I was feeling confused.

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Dear Tash. For 2015, just get through it the healthiest that you can

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Dear Tash,

Fresh starts

You have always loved the idea of a fresh start. When we were 14, I remember the book we made which we hoped would make us ‘happy’ that year, filled with things to do when we felt down, advice and tips for staying positive, and lists people we thought would be good for us and give us joy.

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Does anyone have a chance against Jim Murphy for Scottish Labour Leader?

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As the TV hustings for the Scottish Labour leadership got underway last week, Sarah Boyack and Neil Findlay have jobs on their hands competing with the charisma, confidence and experience of Jim Murphy. Will any of them even get a look-in? Simple answer: no, not really.

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Should David Cameron wear a ‘feminist t-shirt’?

This morning, this article is doing the rounds on social media, regarding David Cameron’s decision not to support Elle’s feminist campaign by wearing a t-shirt that reads ‘This is what a feminist looks like’. His political rivals/allies Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, however, have stepped up to the plate.

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Deeming a club owner ‘fit and proper’ is harder than it sounds

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Photo: Joe Shlabotnik

What makes a suitable football club owner? Fans think they should be financially sound, have the club’s interests at heart and keep the heritage and history of the team. But the rules say otherwise.

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New starts: Getting paid to watch Andrew Marr

I started blogging about journalism, work experience, careers and politics in around 2006, (back on Blogger, since transferred) and I’m really happy to say that as of August 1, I’m going to be being paid to work full time, writing about politics for a website called Politics Home.

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