Cardiff Student Media: why you should get involved

by Caragh Medlicott

As another academic year begins to near its end, it is time to consider what you have done with your year, outside of university. Have you been involved in anything that might help your future career prospects, and even if you have, wouldn’t doing something more be even better?

Getting involved with student media is highly rewarding. In fact, it is something all students with a flair for journalism should consider. With applications for next year’s Cardiff Student Media team now open, there is no better time to consider applying and taking part in something which not only looks good on your CV but is really fun as well!

Gair Rhydd has nine sections in total – News, Advice, Comment, Politics, Science, Societies, Taf-Od, Park Life and Sport – so whatever your area of interest you can write things specific to your knowledge and skill base. These sections cover everything from student-centric stories to international news. If you are passionate about something and want to spread the word, working within student media is a perfect way to get your voice heard. You do not need any previous or professional experience to work at Gair Rhydd, so long as you have a good work ethic and like being part of a team then you will fit into perfectly.

During my time at Gair Rhydd I have built on and learnt so many skills, from working to deadlines, proof-reading and using professional tools such as a Camayak and Adobe InDesign. In addition to this, I have even noticed the benefits it has had for me with regards to my university course. As an English Literature student, I have found that my writing has improved and I am much better at spotting errors in my own work.

If you are considering a career as a journalist or as any kind of writer, getting these skills early is invaluable and puts you ahead of the game. Plus, working as a section editor promotes creativity as you have to think of new ideas for your section each week. By the end of the year, as a Gair Rhydd or Quench section editor, you will undoubtedly have multiple articles of your own which you can showcase in a portfolio, which will look very impressive to future employers!

Not to mention, there are so many opportunities for fun! Whether that’s at the Cardiff Student Media Awards or at the SPAs (Student Publication Association) you’ll have the opportunity to attend wonderful social events and even be in with a chance of winning an award (yet another thing to make your CV impressive, eh?) These events are all the more fun because of all the brilliant friends you’ll make during your time in student media.

There are many socials held throughout the year (Gair Rhydd has done everything from pub golf to laser tag) so you really will never be bored.

Overall, I really can’t emphasise enough what a great experience working with student media can be. If you are interested in any area of journalism or writing you’d be crazy not to apply – and not just because of the CV benefits but genuinely because of how great it is to learn so many new skills and make so many wonderful new friends.

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