Quite a long post for a long winter’s day…
Three books you may find useful if you’re interested in journalism as a career:
1 Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. This is a useful all-in-one resource for finding contact addresses for all UK national newspapers and magazines, UK book publishers, literary agencies and media contacts such as TV, film and radio contacts.
2 The NCTJ Essential Guide to Careers in Journalism by Andy Bull. NCTJ stands for The National Council for the Training of Journalists. This book contains details of over 60 NCTJ-accredited courses plus outlines of what it will be like as a trainee journalist on newspapers, magazines, TV, radio or web. It also contains day-in-the-life accounts from a wide range of young journalists, advice from working journalists and a directory of potential sources of work experience and job contact addresses.
3 Journalism A Career Handbook by Anna McKane. In it she gives an analysis of the industry – sectors and structures, talks about the different types of print journalism – national and regional newspapers, magazines, consumer handouts, web journalism, voluntary sector publishing, agency work and photo journalism, assesses the range of job opportunities, routes into journalism, training and provides a resources / contacts database.
You can look at all of these in the Placement & Careers Centre – just ask at the Reception Desk.