1) You’re up at the crack of dawn to start your shift.
2) Your eyes WILL hurt and you WILL need eye drops.
3) You might as well forget your lunch-break.
4) But somehow your keyboard will be filled with crumbs.
5) Your shift finishes at 5? Ohh cool, good luck getting out on time.
6) You’ll feel a surge of anger when people say, quite regularly, ‘But don’t you just make it up.’
7) When your laptop breaks, it’s quite literally the end of the world.
8) But it’s sort of OK because you have another two in your cupboard for ’emergencies.’
9) There’s no such thing as a personal phone.
10) You’ll get fat.
11) And you’ll probably become an alcoholic, too.
12) You’ll willingly travel a bajillion miles for that one interview.
13) Slow news days do exist and they are the BANE of your life.
14) Online readers are your worst critics.
15) Trying to transcribe your own interview makes your cringe. Big time.
16) You’ll never get enough sleep.
17) That amazing feeling you get when you come up with a banging headline.
18) Social networking sites have become your best friends.
19) You’ll eat, sleep and breathe writing. Even when you’re not working.
20) But it’s OK because you have the best job in the world.
Being a journalist isn’t as glamorous as people think but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my job, I love working all hours under the sun and I am extremely lucky to be doing what I am right now. It’s not for everyone but I think it’s made me the person I am today and I hope I have a long successful career in publishing.