Journey to journalism…

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Right. I’m re-starting, and re-purposing my blog. I know it’s now inconsistent, but it’s better inconsistent than empty. I’m escaping teaching…finally…and now I’m going to have a crack at this.

Of course, getting into journalism isn’t easy. Everywhere you read about how to do it says the first step is to get an article published in a magazine or newspaper and that’s a pretty massive leap for a first step. I can’t think of anything to write about, because I have no experience, and I don’t know anyone to ask about it. So until I find one of those things, I’m going to write my thoughts here on a much broader range of subjects than creativity (as I attempted with, and hopefully hone my skills so that when I can see more of an opportunity, and hopefully that isn’t so far away, I can grab it with a firmer grip.

That’s not to say, however, that I haven’t been trying to think of some way in. I’ve had a read through the Basingstoke Gazette and the New Milton Advertiser to get a feel for how newspapers are structured and how the stories are formatted, and I’m also surprised at how few writers these newspapers actually have – the vast majority of stories are just the same writers over and over again. But I’ll keep an eye on this to see if I can see any opportunities.

I just have to try to forget the amount of trees that all these newspapers had felled. Poor guys.

I’ve also joined the Writers Academy for the Travelista Club – and hopefully I’ll be able to start contributing there soon too. This looks like a great way to get experience and exposure.

So I’ll use this blog to supplement that. I’ll talk about myself, and most likely my thoughts on current events, and practise writing and sharing.

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