What to bring to University: Journalism top 5

For many people  once exam are over and places are confirmed or gained through clearing, you start to think about what you’ll need. Now generally speaking you can’t and shouldn’t take your entire collection of belongings with you (something that I definitely struggled with!) and often what you’ll need is different to each person and each uni.

Besides the obvious of make sure you take towels, bedding, kitchen stuff etc I thought I’d do a list of things that all Journalism students everywhere should bring with them!

reporters notebook1. Shorthand notepad

In fact you may want to bring more than one of these as you’ll end up bulk buying them to get yourself through the year, with shorthand every morning at 9.






Tardis shaped alarm clock2. Alarm clock

As I just said, shorthand every morning at 9.







portable hard drive3. External hard drive

Whether you’re a broadcast or print student you’ll need to save all of your work from videos you’ve made, or documents with your stories on to submit as a portfolio and nothing is worse than corrupted files at exam time. Take an external hard drive and then you’ll have a back up of all your files. And somewhere to download films to!

law for journalists book4. A copy of Quinn

Right now you’ll have no idea who Quinn is, but if you want to get into court reporting (or any journalism job really) then you’ll need this book. It can be bought from Amazon, and at Staffs you’ll be recommended to buy it anyway.

5. Enthusiasm

Yes it sounds sappy and corny but its true, without enthusiasm for what you are doing you won’t want to get stuck in and with journalism it means you won’t get the grades that you could do. Throw yourself at any opportunity that comes your way!


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Hi, I'm Emma! I graduated from Staffordshire University in July 2016 in Journalism.