On Journalism, Blogging and Aspirations

I wish this was my image, but it isn't.

I wish this was my image, but it isn’t.

Okay, now I’m going to sentence you to my musings, thoughts and half-baked plans.

As you may know already, I’m studying a degree in Environment and Media Studies. I’ve just finished my first year, and I can’t believe how fast it’s gone. This September I’ll need to organise my placement year, a 12 month optional paid work placement taken before the final year of my course. Lately I’ve been getting very tempted to pursue journalism.

I adore writing. Although it’s a highly competitive field to get into, I feel desperate to try.

Ideally I’d like to work for a green publication (no surprises there) but I realise there’s only a small number of those kind of jobs up for grabs, and they’re often voluntary or poorly paid. Nonetheless it’s something I really want to get into, so I’ve been taking some steps towards that goal.

I’ve applied for an editorial position with my university’s student newspaper, The Verse.
And I’ve sent off a short piece – about a new ethical supermarket coming soon to my city – to a local magazine called The Brighton Source.

I’m really excited about this, and I’m really hoping they’ll publish it. I’m already quite proud of myself because it’s the first time I’ve had the guts to approach a publication and just say ”hey, will you publish this?”.

Published articles are like gold dust for the aspiring writer, so I just hope I can get my foot in the door with these guys. I’ve had a couple of things printed before, when I was doing a voluntary internship with Inspired Times magazine last year, but this is the first time I’ve tried to go freelance..

This blog has actually been one of the main drivers in pushing my interest towards journalism. I absolutely love having this platform to express my ideas and communicate with people. It’s by far the best hobby I’ve ever had, so much so that I wish I could make a living out of blogging. It is possible to do that, if you have tonnes of readers (waaaay more than I do) and you sell advertising space. But the thing is, having adverts would, 90% of the time, run counter to Earth Baby’s ethics. I’m quite critical of consumerism, so it’d be pretty hypocritical to have ads on here.

My vague (and decidedly optimistic) idea is to pursue a career in green media, and keep Earth Baby as a personal voice. I love the way the Internet allows us to self-publish in this way. One of humanity’s better inventions, to be sure!

Also, Earth Baby got to 100 followers today! Thank you to all you lovely people!

Sorry if this was all a bit self-indulgent, I’ll get back to writing insightful posts about what’s going on in the world – I promise!



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