The trials and tribulations of a (budding) online journalist

Excuse my absence from blogging for a while, there is no excuse other than there simply are not enough hours in the day at the moment for me to process thoughts and whatnot, be it in video, or text form. I did recently record a seesmic video where I ranted and raved, and got all of my frustrations out – only to find out that the video didn’t record properly and the sound was patchy. Not cool.

What’s new?

…I hear you ask. I would like to be able to say that I have walked straight into a job in the industry, but like many graduates, this wasn’t the case for me. A colleague of mine, Todd Nash, graduated with a first class honours from the journalism degree, and is now a Community Moderator at The Guardian. A huge congratulations to him, he definitely deserved it.

As for myself, I have had a few interviews in London, but all of them to no avail. I missed out on one job because of putting a decimal point in the wrong place, such is the fine line between success and failure.

I even turned down an interview due to the fact I couldn’t relocate to another part of the country on a low wage – I’m hoping that isn’t a decision I will regret this time next year.

I’m finding searching for the right job difficult. I tailor my application for several jobs to make it unique to the position I am applying for, and explain why I think I’m suited for the role, yet still, the lack of response is amazing.

In other news:

There is some positive news to relay, however. I recently won the Trinity Mirror ‘Online Journalism Student of the Year’ award. I was very surprised when I found out I had won this award, and I’m sure this came across in the dinner I recently had with Marc Reeves, Joanna Geary, and Paul Bradshaw.

It’s been a while since I’ve done some networking, both on and offline – and it was even more refreshing to hear how the guys got into the industry. Jo said she had had several setbacks before she got the right job, but it was all worth it in the end.

Marc even filmed a short video from his mobile of part of our discussion, no doubt that will turn up online soon.

I’m afraid that’s all for now folks. Guess I have to keep ploughing on, and hopefully there will be a light at the end of the long tunnel that is employment after graduating.

I’m not giving up just yet.


5 responses to “The trials and tribulations of a (budding) online journalist

  1. Nice to have you back online. Don’t despair.

  2. Congrats on the award – a tribute to the hard work you put into that website of yours.

    Don’t give up on the job-hunting. It can be pretty frustrating at times, particularly when you get no response whatsoever. You have the skills though, so you just need someone to take a chance. Keep trying!

  3. Hiya Azeem,

    It was great to see you the other night.

    I know how frustrating it must be for you at the moment – I can still very clearly remember how upset I was every time a rejection letter came through the door.

    Now I almost see the four rejections I got before my appointment at The Post as a badge of honour – a testament to how much I wanted to get into the industry.

    I made it through and so will you!

  4. Thanks for the support guys. I know it’s a tough road but hopefully the right job will come through for me and I’ll be able to write a more postive blog post!

  5. Pingback: I’m the Birmingham City University ‘Student Journalist of the Year’ 2008! « NewsWire

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