Top tips for your Journalism interview

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Our Journalism team give their top tips for your interview at USW.

Journalism is, really, all about telling stories so the best thing you can do is: just relax, be yourself, and tell us the story of you.

But you can help yourself before the interview day by:

  • Keeping up with the news
  • Thinking about where you get your news, and how, and why
  • Thinking about the most memorable piece of journalism (whether TV, radio, print or online) you have come across and why it was so
  • Doing some online research into the different kinds of journalism courses and careers
  • Having some questions for us, because this is a two-way process

Questions you may be asked:

  • We want to get to know you, and vice versa, but you can expect questions  from us about what’s in the news.
  • We might also ask you to think about the big challenges and opportunities for today’s journalists (and your answer may be as good as anyone's, given that is such a fast-moving business).
  • We will certainly ask you what you would write about today if you had the chance. So, have you seen, heard, or overheard something –however modest – that could make a couple of paragraphs in the local press, for example? Don’t try too hard with that one: just recall the last time you went home and said ‘guess what I saw/heard today…’ and that may be it. There’s not a right and wrong with this one, just an opportunity to talk about what makes journalism.

Written test

There is a written test, taking 25 minutes, of your current affairs knowledge plus a few paragraphs to write. The test is not everything – just one of the elements we use to come to a decision alongside your UCAS application and your interview.

Remember that there is no typical journalism student or journalist. Some are introverts but great writers, others are great networkers and finders of stories. Some of it will come naturally to you, and the rest can be learnt. But the two things that really help are: a sense of curiosity about the world around you, and a love of the written word (even TV and radio journalists have to write).