Happy birthday journalism career!

Hello! A quick one today as I’m snowed under, but a year ago today, on 16th April 2012, I started the NCTJ at Journalist Works. My decision to train as a journalist was the best I ever made and despite the cost, I have no regrets. Everyone agrees that I was right to do it…

Soupe de l’année: A year on

Hello and welcome to post #100 of Soup du Journalism! Incidentally, the weekend just passed saw the first birthday of this blog. Aww! So, to commemorate these two excellent events colliding at once, I’m going to run you through a year in the life of Soup du Journalism and its owner (me). OK, so I…

Portfolios and a major life change

Hello! Once again, I’m sorry for my absence, but I have the most legitimate reason of them all this time! About a week and a half ago, I was rushed into hospital, suffering from a severe form of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which led to a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes. It’s the ‘unlucky’ type rather…

I’m a golden girl!

Hello! Before you condemn what could be perceived as raging arrogance in the title, there is a legitimate reason for it… and glory hallelujah, I’ve reached the gold standard in the NCTJ (apart from the portfolio which isn’t in until December, but that should be a breeze)! For those of you who don’t know, the…

A journalist set free

Hello, Not much to report on the journalism front this week. I got the coveted C in my Reporting exam, so assuming nothing has gone disastrously in the Production exam, I should have my gold standard. Hooray! Sorry I’ve fallen off the radar a bit recently – I’m sad to have to report that my beloved rabbit,…

A reflection: The end of an NCTJ era

Hello! So, it’s my first day of ‘freedom’ so to speak. Last night we had our end of course meal and drinks which was LOVELY. I was a bit giddy with excitement beforehand, and it was a really fun night. John proposed a toast along the lines of “It’s been an absolute privilege” (Media Law…

They think it’s all over… because it is

Hello! IT IS THE END. We had our final subbing exam today, which went OK I suppose. I really can’t believe it’s over! I COULD be at the pub right now, but instead I’m trying to collate documents for my future landlord, which is JUST want I want to be doing. Tonight is our final…

The point where I’m in denial about the end of my course

Hello! It’s the penultimate day of my beloved, darling NCTJ course, and I’m revving up to go out… on a SCHOOL NIGHT. I have an exam tomorrow morning. Good god. Today we received our PA results and I managed to slip in with a cool 84%. Hooray! Clearly offloading all knowledge on a matter, relevant…

It’s the final humpday

Hello, I’m afraid you’ll have to bear with me a bit today as I’ve had a hideous few days, mainly due to the fact that I’ve been looking at jobs and it’s made me realise that the last thing I want to do is go back to uni to complete the degree I despise and…

PA-nic at the disco

Hello! I’m afraid anyone who assumed the title meant this post was about the band will be sorely disappointed. Soz about that. However, I really am PA-nicking now. Il y a beaucoup a faire. I’ve now revised everything in a huge revision blitz today, but I need to relearn lots of it, especially Europe, the…

The end is nigh

Hello! I’m feeling a bit odd at the moment, as the end of this course is hurtling ever-closer, and I feel quite sad about that. I’m really enjoying Production Journalism, and it’ll be really weird not spending every day with my coursemates. We’re currently planning an end of course meal, which seems to have come…