thread: Does anyone work or study communications/ advertising/ journalism?

  1. #1
    Registered User

    May 2007
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    Does anyone work or study communications/ advertising/ journalism?

    did you like your course?
    did you find a job easily afterwards?
    what did you wish you knew before you studied?

    do you think your degree helped?


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    Jul 2010
    Canberra
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    Hi PP - yep, I did B Comms with a journalism major.

    I enjoyed it but halfway through realized I hated interviewing people. Not the best omen!

    I freelanced for a bit but it was pretty cut throat and only a few in my course got jobs as reporters.

    I ended up in government PR and love it. The journalism side of my course helped as I do loads of media and issues management.

    There are tons of opportunities with comms and it can be shaped for any industry/field. You just have to find subject matter that appeals to you.

  3. #3
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    May 2007
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    thanks buffy - im just toying atm.
    but i am scared to study again, i feel like if i change directions that all the time and mooney spent in this career was for nothing
    but i love writing, and i am always complimented on my writing style and love the idea for PR, journalism and all the above

    ((

  4. #4

    Jun 2010
    District Twelve
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    Yep.

    And I worked as a journo for a number of years.

    If you love writing, forget journalism. The first thing one of my lecturers said is that good journalism is nothing to do with writing. It's about an insatiable need to find out the facts. Most journalists are mediocre writers at best.

  5. #5
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    May 2007
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    oh well that sucks N2L!
    what else lol

  6. #6

    Jun 2010
    District Twelve
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    Why not look at doing a Professional Writing course?

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    May 2007
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    mmm i dont want to do creative writing (ie novels etc), but i like wording thiings, and presenting things through words - hence why i thought advertising might be an good use?

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    Aug 2008
    Ouiinslano
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    My DH is teaching in this area at the moment. Every time I go to his office I am absolutely tempted to study the same.

    So I'm no real help, just lurking

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    The first thing one of my lecturers said is that good journalism is nothing to do with writing. It's about an insatiable need to find out the facts. Most journalists are mediocre writers at best.
    Very true. And in my experience, crappy spellers too

    mmm i dont want to do creative writing (ie novels etc), but i like wording thiings, and presenting things through words - hence why i thought advertising might be an good use?
    Have you looked at the courses in each comms stream to see what appeals? Maybe get a curriculum outline?

  10. #10
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    Mar 2008
    Vic
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    I did professional writing as a course, and part of that was classes in non-fiction writing, screen writing, and editing. Could be an option just to take those? It has certainly helped me in all aspects of writing, not just the fiction side of things.