Journalism is a profession where, essentially and on a very general note, you serve the people. You inform them daily of the news so that they can use that information to their advantage (e.g. voting, discussions, among others). The mainstream media touches upon national subjects on a really big scale. The beauty of regional newspapers is that they are a medium that deals with the topics that the everyday man has to be in contact with. (They are more in touch with their public if you want to put it that way.)
I had the chance to work at the sports desk for the KM group and helped to produce the Kentish Gazette, a newspaper for Ashford. I was assigned different tasks, including sports I knew pretty much nothing about such as Golf, Motorcycles and Cricket, which was a nice opportunity to see beyond football, which is my favourite sport. I did a handful of match reports and articles regarding the local sport matches and fixtures played on the weekend, including some of the football National League. It was a really exciting opportunity as I went through the process of producing a newspaper from scratch. I am really grateful for this opportunity.
I read a couple of blog posts and couldn’t agree more with one thing, the Work Experience Bursary allows you to focus completely on the experience. You focus on your job, on how to make yourself better, on how to make your work better. As an individual you don’t worry about the money because you know that the uni has you covered in that aspect. I am an international student and still find trains here a bit tricky, I usually take the route that has fewer changes as I am afraid to miss a train. The train I took to Ashford was quite easy to follow and allowed me to be in time for my placement, but it was also a bit expensive. Yet, that wasn’t a problem thanks to the bursary.
I can’t stress enough how useful it can be to actually experience the job you could do after you finish your degree. You will never know if you like what you are studying if you don’t experience one of the many outcomes it can lead to. I am happy to say I enjoyed being a journalist for a week and will be looking forward to do the job once I finish studying at the University of Kent. But that is something you need to find out by yourself, by experiencing the job.
– Kenneth Sanchez Gonzales is a 2nd year Journalism student