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Journalism graduates must 'be bold' to get jobs

Published: Wednesday, 15 April 2009   Category: Creative Industries: arts and design

With a cut back in the number of paid graduate journalism schemes, university leavers need to use their own initiative to make themselves appeal more to employers, according to Journalism.co.uk.

Amy Oliver, a recent journalism graduate and blogger for the website, has recommended that students take extra steps to improve their media skills.

She said that graduates should learn how to incorporate audio and visual elements into their blog posts, try pitching ideas to newspapers and attend networking events.

Being persistent is also important, as for every determined graduate there are ten who will not be, according to Ms Oliver.

City university student Alison Battisby added: "We have been told that it may be a good idea to start looking for jobs that aren't necessarily in the press, but use the same skills as journalism, like marketing and PR."

Scottish broadcasting company STV recently opened its doors to journalism graduates from universities in the country, offering paid work at the firm, according to the Scotsman.


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