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20 Things You'll Know If You Survived The NCTJ

Journalism is hard.

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1. You quickly realised that good writing was going to be the least of your worries...

2. ...And that everything you thought you knew about journalism was just wrong.

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3. You'll never use handwriting again thanks to an indoctrination in the teeline method.

4. ...And if you want to read a book in your downtime, it's an impossible task now that all you see are outlines.

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5. You know what a slow news day looks like...

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6. And you know how to FOI the shit out of public services...

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7. ...Which one in 100 times, scores a sweet lead.

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8. You find 'tight writing' more gratifying than you should.

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9. And hold pure disdain for introductions over 25 words.

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10. You have a newfound respect for sub-editors because headlines are really hard.

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11. But The Fear instilled in reporting lessons makes you check name spellings one thousand times.

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12. You are shit hot at media law but still quite scared about defaming someone...

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13. ...Or being found in contempt of court in your first job.

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14. But you know you'll be revisiting those PA and EML textbooks before long...

15. ...Because those NQJ exams will be just around the corner!

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16. You know the rush of breaking news...

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17. ...And the glory of your first bylines.

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18. You know that voxpops are your friends.

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19. And even though it's hard, it's worth it...

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20. ...Because being a journalist's the best gig in town.

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