STUDENT Journalist? ... No thank you

With our ominous deadlines looming, and mild panic surrounding the many words needing to be written for various essays; I feel as though this is the perfect oppourtunity to vent my frustrations at being a student journalist. That's not to say I have a problem with actually BEING a student journalist. What I do have a problem with though is that NOBODY WANTS TO TALK TO ME. 

So here's the deal. Businesses, charities, organisations, public bodies etc etc are FAR too busy to want to talk to a student. Because they think - student project - nothing in it for me! Right? Wrong! (Well actually...come to think of it what do these people get to lend us some of their precious time?) MOVING ON! I am afraid to say that the first hurdle I tripped over when doing some actual journalism was when I wanted to talk to the police.

EXHIBIT A  Nay, nay! They said. (Well, not in so many words). The press office was less than helpful - and let me tell you that my FOI request I submitted a month ago has still not been replied to.

EXHIBIT B I contacted various University staff and student bodies - NOPE. Namely, the student counselling service did not want to give this little student an interview about general service provisions. Okay...

EXHIBIT C WINTER WONDERLAND SAID NO. They also said if I insisted on filming, I would be frog-marched from the premises by security. Worrying...

Alas... all is not doom and gloom. Some people have wanted to talk to me, and they've given me interviews/information and that's great. Persistence is the key I have found. And you have to be slightly pushy and VERY, VERY insistent. But not too insistent! IPSO says that's bad...

By One-of-15-very-stressed-CFJ-MA-students.