Over the coming weeks, many aspiring journalists will be gearing up to start undergraduate and postgraduate courses. With many of them having beaten off stiff competition to get a place and courses costing a small fortune, the majority will be wanting to make the most of their time learning about the industry, whether it be one year or three.
Here at Wannabe Hacks, we can impart a fair bit of advice since The Chancer and I have just finished the Newspaper MA at City University London. But, whilst we can offer some solid tips to get you up to speed, by no means do we know it all.
So, with that in mind, we want journalism students of all shapes and sizes to comment below with their single most valuable tip about starting a course. Whether it’s what dictaphone to buy, how much shorthand to do or where to do work experience, it will all help.
If you want to, stick your name, Twitter handle (if applicable) and what course you did after your tip but feel free to remain anonymous. We’ll publish a pdf of the final list of tips so make them good!
Looking forward to a wealth of advice!