Today is International Happiness Day, so it’s only right that I do a post around it! Being a student at university is a great thing for so many reasons, but I want to keep this subject focused as you may be reading this and thinking of going onto a journalism degree, have a place or are currently at university studying the subject. You may have even graduated and be a working journalist!
Here’s my list of 10 reasons why I’m happy being a journalism student.
- Being able to write. Writing has always been a passion of mine and as a journalism student I get to do it every single day, whether it’s planning a story, writing it up, transcribing, assignment writing. It’s a great feeling!
- Having the ability to write in different styles. Journalism has a lot of different styles in terms of print journalism. You can write for online, for newspapers and for magazines. There’s news journalism, feature writing, B2B (business to business), magazine writing… I could go on. There’s also broadcast too which includes radio, TV and online work. I’ve learnt a lot of new styles and I’ll be continuing it next year as I’ve chosen magazine writing as my optional module.
- Learning other forms of journalism. Before I started the course, I only had a little bit of radio experience, but now I love doing radio work! I’m a newsreader and a reporter for SR News which means I’m on the radio a lot during the week. I haven’t tried my hand at being in front of the camera yet, but I’d like to give it a go. I’ve also had a go at feature writing and I really enjoyed it!
- Being able to find a niche or two, or three or four. Basically, being able to find a subject you enjoy writing about. In journalism you have a chance to be a specialist or write generally. I enjoy writing about everything, but I’m particularly interested in politics, business and human interest journalism i.e. health and social issues. I’m getting a feel for local and community journalism too! There’s so much you can do and write about!
- It’s competitive – and that’s not a bad thing. Journalism is a high pressured industry and it pushes you to be the best you can be. It’s a competitive world and it’s something I’ve come to thrive on.
- You learn a lot of new skills – Since I started my degree in September I’ve learnt a lot. I can now use a number of different creative programmes and have become a better writer as I’ve studied grammar etc, among so much more. I can pick up a video camera and a DSLR and have some knowledge of how to use them professionally. It’s been an amazing experience and I’ll be learning more from this September.
- Pride when people read the stories you’ve written, especially ones on issues you care about. When you see your name in print or online for the first time it’s amazing. It’s equally amazing when you hear it on the radio. It’s a feeling you can’t describe and each time it happens the intensity stays the same.
- Telling people’s stories. You are telling other people what’s happening in the world, in your country and city. Simple.
- The adrenaline. I get the adrenaline feeling a lot and it makes me happy as I know I’m in the right industry for me.
- I get to interview amazing people and cover great events. Journalism isn’t all about glitz and glamour as there are hard-hitting stories out there. But you can get the chance to interview people you admire and to cover events that you are truly interested in.
And that’s why I’m happy being a journalism student.
What subject are you studying at college or university? What makes you happy about studying it?
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