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For all those budding student reporters hoping to land their first job in journalism after university, knowing how to crack the industry can be tough.

It is always worth monitoring the latest opportunities on journalism job boards but if you are struggling to make a breakthrough, Bright Network shares its advice for breaking into the industry.

It recommends that students find places to hone their talents first, by looking for opportunities on their doorstep and showing initiative with speculative applications.

"As well as applying via recruitment departments, try contacting individual editors or producers directly at local stations. Local press, hospital radio and community media are excellent training grounds," it states.

"Make sure you back up all applications with a strong portfolio which includes demo tapes, student media, cuttings and online stories."

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