- The Independent has launched a competition to find student columnists.
- And there's an interesting guest post on the poor standard of journalism job applications over at Fleet Street Blues.
- And Jon Slattery has stumbled across Dole House Blues, a new blog from an unemployed student journalist.
- Meanwhile, there's also some tips on interviewing from students at Journalist Works that are worth a scan.
Getting work experience and opportunities:
- Work experience pays off. It's a bit like doing a week-long interview.
- Don't just aim for the big names you've always read. Niche brands offer loads of opportunities - and you can often get stuff published.
- Actively blog and tweet about your interest areas. You might get noticed.
- When doing work experience volunteer for everything. Make the most of every opportunity.
- Get the basics right: spell names correctly and double-check everything.
- Take a look at the title and/or site you're applying for.
- Tailor your application and CV to what the ad is actually asking for.
- Don't say 'I have very little experience'. Tell them what you have done and tell them why it's relevant to the role on offer.
- Include or link to any relevant cuttings/articles/blog posts.