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October 16, 2012

When I grow up I want to be a journalist

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In the wake of the News of the World scandal, the Leveson Inquiry and an on-going decline in print publication readership numbers, you’ve got to wonder – who in their right mind would want to be a journalist today?

I’ve wanted to be a ‘hack’ since I was seven. I grew up reading tabloid newspapers and watching ‘Drop the Dead Donkey’. Despite my childhood ‘reading list’, journalism has never been about phone hacking or celebrity gossip for me. It’s about great stories and great ideas and explaining those to people in a way that’s easy for them to understand.

If you’ve ever thought about an editorial career or want to meet those that have already chosen it, consider attending Breaking into Journalism, a conference organised by The Student Journals, on 27 October at the University of Warwick, and sponsored by the Knowledge Centre. [Update: The agenda for the conference is now online].

Warwick has already produced some great writing talent – the BBC’s Torin Douglas, author Christian Wolmar and the Huffington Post’s Carla Buzasi and it should continue to do so. Carla is among the guests speaking at the conference. She was editor of The Boar whilst at Warwick and is now Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post UK.

Carla is the keynote speaker, looking to inspire you into following in her footsteps and explaining how to go about it. She will be joined at the conference by journalists and editors from The Guardian, The Telegraph, Channel 4 and, amongst others, the New Statesman. You’ll have the chance to ask questions, network and listen to some of the best people in the business explaining why you should be a journalist.

Tickets are only £6 and you can find more details on The Student Journals website. If you cannot make the event, The Knowledge Centre will, following the conference, have audio content from the speakers for you to download and enjoy at your leisure.

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