Good morning (and a bright sunny one here in Hunny)
My son is completing his second day at a local newspaper today. They invited him to spend 2 days there following his blanket emails to all the local papers and radio stations with his CV and a small selection of his published articles and link to his online blog. He’s an aspiring journalist who has already has a handful of articles published but elected not to go to Uni as the only one that accepted him was too far away and he didn’t want to be so far removed from friends and family.
He didn’t quite achieve his required grades at A level for his chosen Uni because, when mum died, he became quite stressed and bottled up his grief. These things have a way of coming out anyway and his came out in his psoriasis which flared up very badly. Consequently he had to have UVA therapy at the local hospital for 3 months and missed a lot of A level lessons. He is still on oral medication as it is the only way to keep his psoriasis under control and he still uses creams, lotions, specialist shampoos etc. I know he was worried about what others would think if he had gone to Uni as he gets very embarrassed about it and never bares his arms or legs in summer.
Anyway, back to journalism. They have mentioned that they need a part-time reporter, they aren’t bothered that he doesn’t have a degree as, even with one, he would need to pass further exams (which they said they would help him get through) and he needs to learn shorthand to report from Court. It all sounds very promising so I told him to actually broach the subject today and see IF there is a job available and ask if it is a paid job or if they are just looking for a volunteer. Obviously he at least needs to cover his transport costs and I’m sure they would understand that.
So please keep your fingers crossed for him. He wrote an article yesterday and the Editor approved it for publication on Friday and it will have his name on it. She is going to let him tackle another one today. He discovered that they use one piece of software that he hadn’t come across before so he spent all yesterday evening learning his way around that in the hopes of impressing the Editor today.
It’s only a small local newspaper but it would be the ideal start to his career as they are prepared to give him the guidance he needs. It would also give him a break away from the supermarket where he is working now and where he is soooooo bored lol! I’m like a cat on a hot tin roof today and I’m dying to know where this is going to end up for him