Attracting people’s attention is easy. Keeping them interested, however, takes skill and perseverance. When addressing an audience on a local, national or global scale, people have to be interested in what you say or do. If they’re not, then they’ll simply switch off.
Newspapers, TV, online; journalism is all around us. That’s what makes it the most exciting career out there. You cannot avoid it. I often write articles and practice journalistic skills in my spare time about particular current issues, most notably sport. Passionate is not a strong enough word. Obsessive, I would say, is how I would describe my love for writing. Oliver Holt, sports writer for The Mail on Sunday, is someone whose work I really appreciate. His ability to write engagingly and connect with his readers are his most prized assets. I would like to believe that one day I could follow in his footsteps.
Journalism has always been a part of my life, even if at first I did not realise it. Watching, reading and listening are all things I did naturally without any serious thought or consideration. I did it because I simply enjoyed doing it. That hasn’t changed, and in fact, my love for it has become even stronger. I came to the realisation that I simply had to study journalism. As the former English journalist David Frost once said:
“Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”
I started to seriously think about journalism as a future career when choosing my A-Levels. English Language and Literature helped to broaden my knowledge of reading and writing, in particular the ability to write creatively and structure analytical essays. Journalism requires you to think in great depth, and Religious Studies deepened my philosophical thinking and enabled me to formulate structured arguments and discussions. As an aspiring journalist, having a global awareness and understanding of current issues is imperative. Geography therefore, helped me to achieve this.
I am thorough and well organised when it comes to research, and I pride myself on that. I am a determined individual, honest and genuine in everything I do. Becoming Deputy Head Boy was a very proud moment for me. With it, however, came huge responsibility. Responsibility and organisation are major factors in becoming successful, and I am convinced these qualities will benefit me when working in the media industry.
As far as writing or any area of journalism is concerned, you must be understood by your target audience. There is a joy from writing and presenting your ideas; being able to share your own thoughts and opinions brings with it a sense of satisfaction. Expressing our own individual views is what makes us unique and sets us apart from the rest.
Apart from writing, my outside interests include music, reading and in particular sports. I have a passion for football. Not only do I play it, but I watch it, listen to it and read about it almost 24 hours a day. I often read articles written by sports journalists regarding the current sporting issues, as well as writing my own short pieces in my spare time. ‘The Sunday Supplement’ on Sky Sports involves journalists from different newspapers gathering to discuss the weekend’s sporting headlines. It is something that one day I would love to participate in myself.
I love to write and in the future my ambition is to do just that. I fantasise about a career in journalism. It is something I have been surrounded by my entire life and the opportunity to fulfil a career in this field is my ultimate goal.