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Do you know any 16-18 year olds in n. Ireland who have got pregnant on purpose to get benefits? If so, I need a case study.
Freelance journalists / Re: Hello there - An introduction!
« Last post by NikkaMars on July 25, 2014, 11:39:23 AM »
Hello Jack!

I am new here as well. My name is Veronica and I am from Spain. (Nice to meet you!)
Hi all,

Having just joined, I'm an amateur (very) freelance journalist based in New Brunswick, Canada. I'm a bit of a traveller too, having just recently purchased a touring bicycle and hope to take my journalism skills on the road around New Brunswick and the Maritime Provinces before conquering Canada, and then, we'll see what comes up!

It is my hope that I can learn as much as possible and making entry into the freelance journalism market, especially as a touring cyclist as well. I hope to learn from folks like yourself, who've been there and done it!

I've set up a website at:

I also have a Twitter account, which you can follow and contact me, @jackonabikeCA, or you can contact me via GMail at

Many thanks!

I am actually a graduated translator and LOVE travelling and writing (specially about what I see on the TV news and newspapers). I think I like it even more than translating, hehe.
This is my site:, in case you want to look at it :)
What made you getting a degree in journalism? is it difficult to study in Canada? (I mean, the programme). In Spain (at least in translation), it's not difficult, but you really need to work for it (a lot!) on your own and it's a very general field, so you may finish your degree without any idea of what to do with your life!
Twitter: veronicamanzalb
Facebook: Veronika Manzanares Alberola (in case you want to add me :) )
Good afternoon from Spain!

My name is Veronica, 24, and... guess what? I have been wondering about the same questions  :D
I am a graduated translator, but my biggest passion is actually journalism.
I want to do a MA in journalism in Denmark, but I could read at the university's website that I would need to have published some materials to get in.
I own a blog where I publish posts about my vision of what happens in the world (feel free to check it :) ) and I came out with an idea: creating an e-book with the best posts and trying to sell it in Amazon :)
As for the NCTJ... what is it exactly? like a certificate?

Thanks a lot
So,you want to be a…journalist?


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Dear Mr Allen,

My name is Matthew Hartill, and I live in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. I am looking to get into journalism, and so I was very excited when I read your advert. I am 16 years old, have just finished my GCSEs, and am looking for my first 'proper' work in journalism, having completed work experience at The Shropshire Star and a local magazine, and also having been the main writer on my school newspaper for the past 3 years, until I left the school last month.  Here are a few rough ideas for articles - hope you like them!

How my life would have been different if I had not read...
A day in the life of... (Taking comic characters and putting them in the modern day world/everyday life)
Top 5... dramatic scenes/scores/pieces of dialogue
             funny scenes/scores... etc
Readers' reviews, (of books, comics, films, computer games, new tech...)

I hope these are the sort of things you are looking for, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. If you would like to email me, my address is

Many Thanks,
Yours Sincerely,
Matthew Hartill
General discussion / Bristol freelancers meet up
« Last post by Christopher Goodfellow on July 24, 2014, 03:42:50 PM »

I work as freelance business journalist, based in Bristol. Are there many people on the message board who live or work in the city? I wondered if it'd be possible to set up an informal meeting for drinks or coffee? It would be great to meet a few more people in the industry.

If you're interested, reply to the thread and I'll work out what to do about dates etc. from there.



I'm Alice, 18 years old and have just finished A levels in History, English and Politics with plans to study English Literature at either Bristol or Leeds. I have just returned from Latitude Festival in Suffolk, and have a shared passion for both journalism, creative writing and the festival experience, meaning I would be interested in your opportunity of work experience this summer. If you would like to get in contact, my email is

Kind Regards,

General discussion / I really want to get into journalism. But how do I start?
« Last post by scott on July 13, 2014, 01:37:35 PM »

I'm 21, I studied a BTEC National Diploma in Media (film work, photography, writing, learning about audiences... BARB/ABC, plus journalism/college magazine). I then thought I wanted to go more into photography so I studied that at foundation degree level.

Thing is, I wish I didn't, and I wish I studied journalism instead. But now I've taken that route, how can I get into journalism? Where can I start? What do I do?

Since I studied Media, I've kept my own blog... I live in Bristol and it's called The Bristol Bulletin. I work in retail at the moment so I update it when I can. It's at

It's me ultimate dream, and I've have to work really hard to get to this stage and get a lot of experience, but I really want to be a  TV broadcast journalist. But no one can really tell me where I can start? So how?


Thank you!
I'm 15 years old and am also based in Stratford-upon-Avon. I am currently studying 13 GCSE's (having already taken 2) at Stratford Girls' Grammar School. I am extremely passionate when it comes to writing and this has fuelled my love for journalism. I am also interested in pursuing a career in journalism and feel that this would offer valuable experience for me. My enjoyment of writing means that I would be able to write a minimum of one article week and would be extremely reliable and dedicated when it came to writing for you.

I spend a huge amount of my spare time reading. Not only the latest teen craze e.g. Divergent but also classics such as The Great Gatsby. I enjoy books of many genres and so would be able to write articles on a variety of books. I would compare popular authors such as John Green to similar but less known authors such as A.S. King and Robyn Schneider. I would also review less known books of popular genres e.g. dystopian such as Legend by Marie Lu. I also enjoy films and going to cinema and would be interested in writing articles on new releases and also older films such as Roman Holiday. I take ICT as a GCSE and so also keep up to date with new technology especially that which helps with education such as a Raspberry Pi helping with teaching computing.

My writing is written fluently to a high standard and I will be willing to take on any article that comes my way. I hope to hear from you soon. My email address is if you wish to contact me by email.

Kind Regards,
Imogen Horton
Announcements / Important – this forum will close on 6 August
« Last post by Abigail Edge on July 10, 2014, 05:32:14 PM » has taken the decision to close this forum on 6 August.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your posts on here and to encourage you to continue to ask questions and share advice with other journalists on our various social platforms, including:

You can also, of course, join the conversation in the comments section below the articles on our site.
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