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Why a Griffith College journalism degree is the perfect place to start your story

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If you’ve ever watched The Wire – you might have seen a quote by Henry Mencken at the reception desk of The Baltimore Sun. “As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun doing news reporting than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.”

While journalism is undoubtedly in the midst of a colossal change – there are still many people who agree with Mencken’s quote – journalism really is the ‘life of kings (or queens!)’.

Getting to work on stories of national importance is a great way to make a living – and Griffith College graduates are blazing a trail – working with some of the largest media companies in the world because of the training they received as Griffith journalism students.

If you are reading this article, you might be considering what Irish journalism course is best for you. While we are obviously a bit biased – here are just some of the reasons that students have come here to start their journalism careers!

You can end up working in some of the biggest media companies in the world

As Dr Niall Meehan, head of Journalism at Griffith College said, “You will find Griffith College graduates anywhere there are stories being told or broadcast.” Every year our journalism graduates go on to start great careers in media organisations all over the world.

In Ireland, we’ve produced journalists that are working in every national newspaper from the Irish Times to the Irish Daily Mail. We have journalists and producers working in RTE, in TV3 and TG4 and in online publications like The Journal and Lovin Dublin.

Around the world, Griffith journalism graduates are working in companies like the BBC, Sky News, Buzzfeed, Facebook and Google.

You get a chance to do some real-life journalism

With Griffith FM radio station as well as The Circular (an online journalism site ran by Griffith College students which recently clocked up over three million views!), you can get the chance to get some practice in real-time situations.

Whether it’s recording your own podcast, going live on the airwaves hosting a radio show, putting together an online piece or recording a video – all of those skills can be honed and developed at Griffith College. You’ll also do modules in investigative journalism with lecturer Barry Finnegan to really hone your skills.

You’ll learn all the latest technologies to get your dream job

Journalism students at Griffith College come out knowing how to tell a story. That’s the primary aim for all journalists. But our graduates not only know how to tell that story, but how to film it, record it for radio (or podcast), how to write it for a website, newspaper or television script. You’ll learn all the technical skills that will make you attractive to employers. Our graduates are sought-after by modern publishers because they have such a varied skillset.

Whether it be learning how to use a camera for outside broadcasts, learning all about mobile journalism (or Mojo as it’s called) you will emerge from Griffith College as a journalist who is comfortable using the most modern technology.

You’ll be taught by practicing journalists

Our lecturers in Griffith College all have experience as working journalists in the real-world. They can teach you how to pitch your stories to commissioning editors, how to apply for internships and entry-level positions as well as the skills that are in demand at modern-day publishers.

Across radio, television, digital and print, our journalists have experience in every area of media and can help you get the experience you need to boost your career. Their sole focus is on teaching you the skills you need to succeed.

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