Anyway, here is a bit of a refresher on what I’ve been up to over my time away from my personal writing.
Firstly, I’m working on part-time basis with a Digital Agency in Nottingham to help with their PR related business. This in itself is an amazing experience for me – to get some of the other side of the coin to the journalistic writing I do on daily basis. Also, from just dipping my toe in working in PR, I’ve found it a very rewarding and exciting place to be – in other words, keep your eyes peeled.
Secondly, I was recently asked to report on the second day of the NCTJ conference in little old Nottingham. For those of you who don’t know what the NCTJ is, in essence it’s the journalism equivalent of an exam board. The National Council for the Training of Journalists sets and regulates all of the NCTJ accredited courses in the country – and some abroad too.
The day of the conference was also the announcement of the outcome from the Leveson enquiry. So even though everyone in the room was in good spirits, there was a tense undertone as all involved knew that certain outcomes of the enquiry would mean massive changes to way some areas of training are undertaken.
Personally as someone still in training to be a journalist, the results of the enquiry will mean that the world of journalism I enter will be a completely different land to someone who started 2 years ago. As with everything I seem to do, bad timing 🙂
The main things I took away from sitting in was that journalism has a considerably low job satisfaction rate, with a substantially high percentage of those working in the industry having no confidence in the ethics of the job. This in itself is not a surprising fact especially with what disgusting facts have come out of the woodwork in recent years. However, what the public should also keep in mind is that it was journalists that exposed both the expenses scandal and the phone hacking itself. All I’m pleading is don’t tarnish all of us with the same brush – without a free press, we might as well be a closed state such as some of the Eastern block.
Other than that, it’s the time of year where all I’m craving is hot alcoholic beverages – so I am doing so in astonishing numbers…hich..