Breaking into the journalism industry often involves a handful of internships where you can learn on the job and get to know the editors you want to work for one day.

While many aspiring journalists have had their internships cancelled due to covid-19, publications may still be offering virtual work experience. If you do land your dream placement, there is a lot of preparation you can do to get the most out of your time there. 

Assistant news editor at, Sian Elvin, offers ten tips on JournoResources for making the most out of your work experience. It never hurts to go to your placement armed with story ideas ready to pitch to editors.

"I'd suggest you come with three-to-five ideas. If you're at a news publication, avoid pitching breaking news as it's likely those stories will already be on a reporter's list for the day. You can always pick up breaking news as it comes in," it reads. 

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