Examination station


Today, we sat our Reporting NCTJ exam. I think it went alright, but there is quite literally NO way of telling how we did. It’s almost entirely down to luck as to whether we’ll pass or not. It didn’t feel disastrous, so we’ll see how that went in a month, I guess.

We got our results for the year back from uni today. My Linguistic results, plus my extra Architecture module, put me at about 66% for the year – THE most boring result it’s possible to get, surely? I think this year is worth about 30% of the degree, so that, plus my 73% average from last year which is worth just over 10% of the degree, puts me at… a percentage I can’t work out. Maybe 67% so far? I suppose if I REALLY bust a gut next year, a first is still within my reach. Also the fact that Syntax is no longer a compulsory topic will allow me to do a bit better next year. Realistically though, I think I’ll just maintain what I’m doing and aim for a 2:1. I have no need for a first, seeing as I’ll have the NCTJ to take me into what I want to do.

ANYWAY, on Wednesday we have the Media Law and Court Reporting exams. There’s a bit of a disparity in terms of preparedness, insofar as I feel very ready for Law, but horrified at the prospect of Court Reporting. That’s my task for this evening and tomorrow. I know, my life is TOO exciting!

We start Production Journalism on Thursday. Not 100% sure what exactly it is, but I think it’s something to do with subbing (editing). We’ll see. If I get onto Esquire’s work experience placement, I’ll be subbing, so obviously this will be quite a handy module. I forget if I’ve said before, but along with Esquire, I’ve also applied for The Argus (for reporting) and MoneySupermarket (for copywriting) for my work experience. I thought I’d have a bash at different things, just to get a taste of everything.

OK I MUST get learning about the court system now. Wish me luck for Wednesday! (I need it)



3 Comments Add yours

  1. “I wish someone would let me write to them. DM me your address and I’ll send you something lovely and HANDWRITTEN” – Me, me, me!

    I prefer writing letters and must be the only person in the world older than 10 with a penfriend… Finding something handwritten amongst all the sombre cohorts of energy bills etc in the morning is a bit like finding a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, in terms of excitement!

    Also, well done and good luck! Does the fact you’re finished in a mere year at uni excite or terrify you? 😀

    1. Handwritten letters are the best! My handwriting is almost illegible, but it’s a fun challenge, right?

      Thank you! To be honest I can’t wait to be done with uni, and get into the real working world. Perhaps somewhat naively, I’m hoping my free time will be FREE, and not spent doing coursework or essays. I kind of feel like that now on my journalism course, as it’s 9-5 and the only activity I have to do outside ‘work’ hours is shorthand practice!

  2. acrx says:

    You can definitely see your enthusiasm within the work you write. The sector hopes for more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

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