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If you are passionate about reporting and aspiring to join a newsroom, a common question for journalism hopefuls is which route to go down in order to make that dream a reality.

It is worth being on the lookout for internships and apprenticeships, as the earn-while-you-learn style suits many people. A great place look for new opportunities is our constantly updated jobs board.

However, many choose to go to a university, which allows them to develop industry skills, experience and contacts over several years. And while prized spots for courses are hotting up, applicants will be thinking of how to get their submission in tip-top shape.

These five tips from The School of Journalism are not only great for finalising your university application, but they will also come in handy throughout your course and the subsequent job hunt.

“Doing things outside your comfort zone gives you something to talk at job interviews,” writes The School of Journalism.

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