Media Law: The Trial 2


Currently having a  pre-lunchtime snack of a cereal bar and a little pot of tea for one.

With blazing sunshine on this glorious Bank Holiday Monday watching the ducks swimming in one of those puddles that just won’t dry up, what could be more pleasant?

Indeed, I’d be in an Englishman’s paradise if it weren’t for my Media Law revision for my resits.

Having sat the NCTJ law papers before in January and failed by a marginal amount that I didn’t even think to appeal because failing was such a devastating experience, I know what to expect. Nevertheless, having sacrificed Christmas for the first round of exams and the first nice weekend in months for round two, I am feeling rather embittered. Not least because I know that I worked very hard first time round only to crumble under the pressure of having to do a proper exam and it could very well happen again.

I honestly don’t know what I’ll do if I fail again. Which is possible.

So I am sifting my way through McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists and wondering why this exam can’t be open book? I want to be good at law, honestly I do. I want to be able to correct journalists and object to restrictions imposed by the court if they are unlawful. In fact at this moment I am probably better informed of Media Law than allof my classmates who passed first time around with flying colours because the information escapes you so quickly.

Also, I am embittered because these exams, of seemingly secondary importance to actual journalism, are keeping me from working and writing and finishing the other aspects of my course in this wretched subject.

There is one more unpleasant matter that has reared its ugly head along with my Media Law notes from the revision I did in January. That is the matter of how the stress is manifesting itself. Last time it was heart palpitations and anxiety. This time, the pressure is on even more as having failed once, I should like to think that having done double the revision now I will have the mental facets to pass this (and also when I move home in a month’s time I know that the nevironment will not be condusive for me to study for these again). Anyway, this time around I am getting the most awful and frequent stomach upsets and I’m grinding my teeth in my sleep. Not fun.

So my advice to young journalists doing the NCTJ (as I have to wind up as I really ought to start revising Breach of Confidence), is this; don’t go into journalism if you don’t fancy revising and working your arse off for the law exams. They are costly, tedious and you will forget them very soon.

One Response to “Media Law: The Trial 2”

  1. 1 Stammer

    Rose, you are a wise person. Elsewhere I have said a bit about remembering the audience; what you have now got to prepare for is doing journalism for the reader/vier and not in order to be liked or popular. If you are doing it right, the only person who will like you is your editor. And only then until your next story. At best, your peers will respect you. At worst, you’ll make them sick because you keep delivering the goods. Your ambition should be to become “Rosie No-mates” in professional terms. If you finds the outside world liking you, you’ve probably moved into PR.

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