A Day in the Life of a Journalism Placement

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AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT TO THE COURSE; MOST JOURNALISM STUDENTS WILL HAVE BEEN ON A PLACEMENT. WHETHER IT WAS FOR A WEEK OR A YEAR, IT’S BOUND TO HAVE HAD IT’S UPS AND DOWNS. WHILE IT MAY BE EXCITING AT TIMES, JASON CARTER IS HERE TO OFFER US A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF A JOURNALISM PLACEMENT.

Edited by Emma Orlando 

Going on a work experience placement is something that most students will have been encouraged to do at some point during their life. It would be astounding if they had not.

What is now a distant memory, high school was my first work experience week. Cutting a long story short,

I discovered at fifteen years old teaching at a Primary School was not for me

(surprise, surprise).

Now on a Multimedia Journalism course, I have currently done two of my six weeks’ compulsory work placement. Making the decision to head to my local radio station back home, I set out to find out if broadcast was for me. This decision was motivated by my actions last year, after I had applied to an apprenticeship at a radio station in Preston (as you can see I didn’t get it, but I made it to the final nine and the interview stage, oh yeah!).

So, what was it like?

How did I feel before starting my placement?

At the start of my placement, I was nervous. I was going into an environment I didn’t know and

I must admit, meeting new people is something I struggle with.

However, I knew this would be beneficial to me in the long run; helping my decision to apply to jobs after I finish my time at University. The two weeks flew by and I got to use Burli, write articles for online and even take part on the breakfast show on my last day.

Any radio station's best friend.

Burli. Any radio station’s best friend.

What was my favourite part of the placement?

The radio show would have to be my best memory. Taking part in the morning games on a Friday was amazing and being with the presenters was nerve-racking, but oddly felt normal. This would be something I would like to do after I graduate, but who knows if this will still true with two years left of my degree?

One of the best parts about being allowed out on location.

One of the best parts about being allowed out on location.

And, least favourite?

There were times when my work placement felt slow and there wasn’t much for me to do, but then

I guess that is normal in a full-time job.

There are moments where you’re feeling like the day is dragging and there isn’t much for you to get on with. My worst memory of the placement was one afternoon when there wasn’t much for me to do, apart from help write press releases, which was not my ideal way of spending the hottest day of the year! However, I do remember the best bits, like going out on location for interviews and seeing how the presenter controls what is aired.

So, in the end it is worth it!

How has your placement inspired you?

I currently have a week work experience lined up for Easter and hopefully one for Christmas too. These both will be in print, as I want to see what it is like to work at a newspaper. Hopefully, I will gain any knowledge I can from there. As, at the end of the day,

a variety of placements is better than just at one place.

But then, I expect that you don’t need me to tell you that!

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Maybe some generic newspapers, but believe me when on placement a cup of tea will always go down a treat!

Would a placement be something that I recommend?

In the end,

I believe placements are extremely important during your time at University.

Whether they’re compulsory, or it’s just a decision for you to make yourself, I highly recommend them. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to see what you like and dislike, to put it simply. Which is something people don’t always take advantage of nowadays. So yeah,

go grab yourself some work experience and just have fun!

Or you might regret it.