Bethan Davies: 7 top tips for your journalism placement

By Will Ford and Harry McMullen

Global Radio’s Regional News Editor, Bethan Davies, gives her 7 top tips for making a good impression on a journalism placement:

  1. Take on feedback and act on it – when you get things wrong, ask for advice and get better.

  2. Always do your research – whether you have days or minutes to prepare for an interview, do the legwork.

  3. Write your first and last question for an interview but nothing in between Рthis will allow you to listen to the interviewee and use initiative to ask questions based on their responses.

  4. Arrive with your own ideas – you learn lots on a placement, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have anything new to offer. You might have a new app that your employer doesn’t know about or an amazing story that only you could find.

  5. Be willing to go above and beyond – “Every person I’ve hired started on a placement. If you want a job you need to impress.” If you realise after a couple of days you don’t like the environment or the job, be professional, the contacts you build up could be invaluable.

  6. Know your media law – your employer will be culpable if you don’t know your stuff.

  7. Be confident – “Fake it until you make it” – you may not know what you’re doing when you arrive, but confidence goes a long way. If you act like a journalist, you will be perceived as such and be far more likely to land a job as a result.

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