So yes. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a journo. One of them people that most people think are sly and manipulative people. We are actually quite nice, but sometimes get caught up in complicated stuff. I currently work at a local paper, and I LOVE IT. So much. I have previously worked for nationals, and find that working at a local so much more rewarding.
People don’t like you.
This is the truth. And if you want to be a Journalist you need to get use to this. I can tell you that 90% of the time, when I turn up to a job, whether it’s a murder or an event, most people don’t want anything to do with you. To the point that they won’t even sit near you. I think since the phone hacking scandal, it’s expected that if you sit near us when we are having a lunch, we are going to hack your phone. We aren’t, I promise. It’s got to the point now, where if people are friendly and welcoming to me, i’m usually skeptical, because usually we aren’t a liked breed.
It’s shit pay and long hours.
Wow, I bet I am really drawing you in. Yes. It’s shit pay, and yes it’s long hours. It can sometimes be very long hours. Not so much at my job now, but before, I was working from 7am to sometimes 11pm. It’s just the job. You can get used and abused, and then thrown away. There is a fine line between being cooperative and then taking the piss. Know the line. That’s very important. Know how much you are worth, and if you are always working longer than you should, you need to take it up with your Editor. Because in any other industry, you would bill them for that.
The people that want to be in the paper, usually don’t need to be.
Without disclosing too much, a lot of people want to be in the paper, or on TV for no reason whatsoever. I come across this daily, where someone will say they have a story AND THEY DON’T. Try and bin these people. But obviously politely.
I’m sure most jobs have deadlines, but probably not as tight as some of the ones you are going to have to meet in Journalism. I was always told ‘you need to be able to deal with pressure to be in this job’. Bullshit. No-one can deal with pressure, and yes you will feel a tonne of bricks on your shoulders on deadline day. But it’s okay. Everyone is feeling the same. We have all had to stay late before, and we have all had stories fall through. Do not let yourself get in a mess about this. I would say, to consider yourself a Journalist, you need to have had at least 100 bad days and missed deadlines.
Yeah, I mean, it’s sometimes pretty cool to be a Journalist. So far in my short career, I have got, a free dinner and free gig tickets, and an interview with Frank Turner, who I have since fallen in love with slightly. So yeah, long ass nights and crappy wages, are made slightly better by having free stuff. But let me remind you, you still have to go to Council Meetings.
You get paid to write.
You can and will only become a Journalist if you are fully passionate about it. You do not do this job for the money or the respect. You do it because you love writing. When I got my first paid Journalist job, I could not believe that I was getting paid to write stories, which is something I’ve done for pleasure for so many years, and it feels amazing.
By Katie Ridley.
That is all.
I remember when I got my first article properly published online. I screamed from the rooftops because I couldn’t believe that I was good enough to write. Honestly. Since then I’ve had my first ever byline in a local paper, and my first ever byline in a national. AND MY FIRST EVER FRONT PAGE. Sorry to shout, but it is, and will always be the best feeling ever.
So yeah, I hope you enjoyed this post by me. It’s a bit more of a career post than a ‘I don’t know what I’m doing with my life post’. Let me know if you guys enjoy content like this.