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How the Internet IS Killing Print

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I was sent an article by @Welsh_PRincess on Twitter which claims new research shows no correlation between the rise in internet usage and the decline of print newspaper sales. Read the full article here:

Since this contrasts with what I learned from journalists at the Leicester Mercury, I had to look at this with some cynicism (though, of course, I still hope it is true).

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October 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm

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Missing Out On BBC Internship

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It’s really important to read advertisements for trainee schemes. And then to read them again. And maybe get someone else to read it for you too.

I’ve learned this lesson because I misread a phrase in the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme application. It read:

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October 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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Experience of Newspaper Journalism

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I spent a week at the end of 2009 working for the Leicester Mercury newspaper as part of their work experience scheme. The first piece of advice they gave me at 9:00am on my first day: Don’t be a journalist.

If you’re thinking my mentor was having a bad day or ‘just kidding’, you’re wrong. He was deadly serious. I spent the rest of my week chatting to the other journalists at the Mercury and finding out what their experience of newspaper journalism was…

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September 29, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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How Social Networks Influence The Spoken Word

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I’ve always been fascinated by the way we use words; written, spoken, texted… it’s all unique to each person but the same in so many ways. Words convey feelings and emotions, portray a tone of voice, communicate opinions, outlines facts, build relationships… the list is endless.

With the rise of social networks being seen to break down regional barriers, some linguists have voiced concerns that the spoken word will change from it’s current mix of dialects and colloquialisms to a common, nationwide parlance. But what does, in fact, seem to be happening is that social networks are actually facilitating the spread of dialects, helping some to become increasingly pronounced and well used.

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Written by lauralhampton

September 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

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Discover Journalism

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Journalism is my passion. In fact, it’s the passion of a lot of people it would seem. But, with the rise of the internet and the use of aggregated sites as opposed to good, old fashioned brand loyalty, journalism jobs are becoming harder and harder to come by.

That’s not to say I’m put off though. The tales of journalists living in studio flats and never unpacking because they may have to move to another job at any time do not make me think ‘hmm, perhaps I shouldn’t do this job’. Instead, it makes me think ‘this job must be pretty amazing for people to endure difficult circumstances in order to do it’.

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Written by lauralhampton

September 26, 2010 at 11:07 am

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