A Wannabe Hack

Hello!

Technically this should have been my introductory post, but my online journalism module needed a blog entry. So that’s where the Charles Dickens entry fits in, oh well. So here goes! My name is Najmah Bibi but you can call me Naj,  I am currently studying journalism at Anglia Ruskin University.

So how did I get into journalism? Well, when I was younger, apart from playing with dolls I was always reading and writing but I never had a lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. So I had the moment of clarity when I was 21, stuck looking for a job in business administration, I realised that I needed a career change. So here I am four years later. I hear/read everywhere how hard it is to get into journalism. A month ago I attended the ‘So You Want To Be A Journalist’ conference in London. In which, the only advice I heard from other journalists was start a blog and make a brand of yourself, although I was a little sceptical of this at first, then I thought why not give it a try – I have nothing to lose.

This blog is basically for me to showcase my skills, and as I have an interest in everything you’ll see me writing just about anything, or me wishing I could. Though I’m still finding a niche to write about. I’m still gaining confidence in writing blogs, so I hope you like what I write and let me know what you think.

Follow me on twitter: @NajmahBibi

Naj

Charles Dickens Bicentennial

It was Charles Dickens 200th anniversary earlier this year. His 200th anniversary was celebrated worldwide on 7 February 2012. I think he is one of the most phenomenal novelists in the history of English writing.

Charles Dickens is one of many authors, like William Shakespeare, whose literature is used in schools for GCSE’s/A Level English literature exams and coursework in which the students analyse his writing style. When I was at school, analysing the writing of Charles Dickens in English GCSE was really interesting for me because,

1) I am an avid reader, and
2) He started off as a journalist too.

So the writing being in old English didn’t matter to me.

One of my favourite books was Great Expectations; many themes are explored within this book. Hopes and dreams are the two important themes. Charles Dickens shows the growth and development of an orphan named Pip who has a dream of reaching the stars and becoming a gentleman. Unfortunately, his dreams are not fulfilled. The themes are portrayed in a way that makes everyone sympathise with the characters. For me he still is a fine novelist and if he were here today, I would be honoured to meet him.

The younger generation of today are beginning to read ebooks. Ebooks are a digital form of books, which can be read on a variety of e-readers. Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple iPad and various other tablets are available which allow ebooks to be easily downloaded or to be bought online. These include many novels by Charles Dickens. Several novels including novels by Charles Dickens are available free to download, this acts as an encouragement for people to read.