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Brighton Journalist Works have trained hundreds of journalists to gain their NCTJ qualifications and become working journalists.
Their success stories, (click here to view) speak volumes for our tutors and our industry experience.
Training here is unique, as it's in the offices of Brighton's daily newspaper - The Argus.
Newsquest Media (Publishers of The Argus) take a keen interest in the development of talented journalists and so hosting training is a perfect solution.
Della started on the part-time weekend and evening course in September 2014 withÂ helpÂ from the Journalism Diversity Fund.Â
She kept up a weekly blog describing her journey and in the final installment reflects on her experience and shares her tips for Â gold standard glory:
Even though I got the results for theÂ finalÂ component, myÂ portfolio, several days ago, I still canâ€™t quite believe it.
Ten months, 35 blog posts, 23 bylines, two work experience placements, a brief stint as assistant manager of a community magazine & website and a smattering of stress, tears and laughter later, Iâ€™m really pleased with my results:
And because as a trained and experienced proofreader, my Production Journalism result grated, I paid for an exam report and now know exactly why I missed out on an A.
Note to self â€“ make sure the rule frame is clearly showing on all four sides of the picture in InDesign.
And make sure all your headlines donâ€™t just fit the space, but fit the whole story.
With determination, dedication, a very forgiving husband and the backing of two organisations.
Firstly, the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF), which paid for my course, some course books and some travel expenses.
They also gave me the confidence to get out there and just do it.
Just after I discovered that Iâ€™d been shortlisted for a JDF bursary, I learnt of a fire that had broken out in an electricity substation near my home.
And I covered it â€“ interviewed witnesses, took photos, spoke to the emergency services on scene â€“ submitted it to The Argus and got a joint byline and a glowing reference to take with me to the JDF interview.
Would I have had the courage to be more than just a bystander without the shortlisting?
Then actually being awarded a JDF bursary felt like an endorsement â€“ we have faith, so should you.
So when I spotted Pavilion Gardens cordoned off just two weeks into the course, I had no hesitation in getting off the bus at the next stop and wading in there too.
Secondly, Brighton Journalist Works, whose brilliant staff helped to hone my journalistic skills, and gave me constructive criticism, advice and support.
Well, what I have already done is moved.
From bustling BrightonÂ on the south coast of England, bursting with a variety of media outlets and easily accessible to London, to a cottage a mile and a half from a small village on the west coast of Scotland.
On an island.
Thatâ€™s off another island.
There is a monthly e-newsletter, and a noticeboard outside the village shop thatâ€™s updated almost daily.
And a rather intriguing newsÂ projectÂ that Iâ€™ve already put my name down for.
And the UKâ€™s only employee-owned newspaper, the West Highland Free Press(WHFP), is just down the road on that other island.
Plus, with the internet, journalism should be possible from just about anywhere.
If only Scottish and Southern Electric would connect us to the world-wide web.
Much as I enjoy the frothy cappuccinos at Raasay House, I was hoping to work from home, in a shed thatâ€™s on its way to falling down but does currently have a roof and a remarkable view.
So, once SSE has flicked the switch, my plan is fourfold:
Itâ€™s hard work, and youâ€™ll get out of it what you put it, so
You could, as a journalist, make a positive difference in the world.
Which is what Iâ€™m intending to do.
Just watch me.