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Hi All,

 

I have been watching David since the start of the 'pandemic' and he has become my biggest inspiration / idol since.

 

I'm 20, and looking to do something similar as David does - 'investigative journalism'. However, in my search for trainee roles I found basically all of them were under companies of the mainstream media (no thanks). So I just wanted to see if anyone knew any good companies to talk to for this matter.

 

Any feedback would be appreciated!

 

Thanks,

Brandon. 

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Hi Brandon

 

Luke Rudowski of 'we are change' was running his own online journalism courses. See 'change media university' here https://wearechange.org/change-media-university/

 

Also perhaps write some pieces and make sure to fact check everything! Then  submit those pieces to various platforms eg american vagabond

 

The indie media didn't exist in such a way when i was your age and when i looked into journalism as a career i found the same problem you did, namely that all your work has to flow through an editor who in turn answers to the proprietor of the medium who ensures through his compliant editor that the medium will always reflect their values

 

This means the mainstream media is tightly controlled from the top down. Indie media is the way to go and had i had my time again i would have thrown myself into it from the start

 

Good luck....but aim to be accurate and dig out those little nuggets that no one else has found yet

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On 10/28/2020 at 6:07 PM, Brandon said:

Hi All,

 

I have been watching David since the start of the 'pandemic' and he has become my biggest inspiration / idol since.

 

I'm 20, and looking to do something similar as David does - 'investigative journalism'. However, in my search for trainee roles I found basically all of them were under companies of the mainstream media (no thanks). So I just wanted to see if anyone knew any good companies to talk to for this matter.

 

Any feedback would be appreciated!

 

Thanks,

Brandon. 

 

If you want to be a true "independent investigative journalist", in my opinion don't waste your time enrolling on some course or becoming a 'trainee' at some mainstream media company.

 

Journalists who go to university or college, or otherwise go through some apprenticeship scheme at a media company just end up getting 'programmed by the system'.

 

Just get 'out there'. Go to the scene of an incident. Talk to people. Ask questions. Start researching and looking into things.

 

Based on what I see/read in my local news rags, most 'journalists' just sit in an office, and trawl local social media groups for 'news'. If something of interest comes up, they grab photos and videos that other people have already shared, and start collecting comments and replies as 'witnesses reports'. Then they 'tweet' the local police/fire/ambulance service for a 'statement'. If they can't get an 'at the scene' photo, they just get a screenshot from Google Streetview.

 

That's 'modern journalism' for you. Hey, I just went onto the Birmingham Mail website, and what I just described is here:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/yobs-leave-wolverhampton-school-tens-19187401

 

"Proper" journalists - in my opinion - go looking for stories, ask questions, and don't just 'parrot the narrative'.

 

Think for yourself, and don't expect others to do your work for you.

 

That's the best unbiased advice I can give.

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On 10/29/2020 at 5:07 AM, Brandon said:

Hi All,

 

I have been watching David since the start of the 'pandemic' and he has become my biggest inspiration / idol since.

 

I'm 20, and looking to do something similar as David does - 'investigative journalism'. However, in my search for trainee roles I found basically all of them were under companies of the mainstream media (no thanks). So I just wanted to see if anyone knew any good companies to talk to for this matter.

 

Any feedback would be appreciated!

 

Thanks,

Brandon. 

 

As @Grumpy Owlmentioned, Journalism courses are just for programming. However, you could consider the skills needed by an investigative journalist: Writing, editing, operating audio-visual equipment, etc. Perhaps focus on the type of journalist you would like to be. For example, would you like to specialise in article writing? Or would you rather focus on becoming a documentary journalist? Just a couple of examples. In that case, you could enroll in a writing course, or a documentary filmaking course, or learn how to edit videos using professional editing software. Or perhaps you would like to be a photo journalist - then enroll in a photography training program. Once you have honed the specific skills you need, then you can start applying those skills in any way you like.

 

@BrandonI would say, if you want to be a 'truly' independent investigative journalist and not be subject to mainstream overlords, you will need to develop a wide variety of applicable skills and be able to do many things on your own. Writing, editing, website building, social media management, video production and editing, photography, and so on. If you have a lot of skills like this, then you are in a powerful position to launch your own unique content and get it out to the world in a professional manner. Believe me, there is a massive audience out there for good quality investigative journalism, untainted by mainstream corruption and agenda. If you can find those people and provide them with high quality, professional, well-researched content that they can trust, then they will love you for it. There is so much hatred and distrust of mainstream media, people are crying out for something like old-school hard nosed investigative journalism. It's a dying art, but a highly noble profession.

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A proper question is about how to stay independent investigative journalist and make quite good money for this job?

It is a big challenge related to the social activity mission goals. But how to make this position  lucrative? You could

grab a real money up to 10000$ writing blogs and  articles and bubbling about vouge, cuisine, new games, panties on faces and other products

for dickhead who sold himself for "corpo". But you will become the same as the others with jelly instead of brain and will not independent

anymore and that's not the point about. So..?

 

 

 

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At the moment newspapers are going bust and replaced with the internet, so not much money in it.

In the UK there are a few places like talkRadio maybe something to do with Nigel Farage and so on.

And there is a possibility of starting some youtube channel of your own with real news from around the country.

But I am not sure how much people care about "news" any more.

It might be worth seeing where the same skills can be applied in different industries ... that need similar skills.

I think it would not be wise building a life trying to convince everyone of the truth, better to keep that mostly for your own personal journey.

You do have to put bread on the table and give yourself a working trajectory.

Al Jazeera also seems to have reasonable level of traditonal news.

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