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Originally posted by Karla Hi Carlito,
Many journos do degrees or diplomas, but I've heard that about half of the people working in journalism at the moment don't have these qualifications. For certain jobs (news desk etc) it's important to have the qualification, for others (feature writing etc) it's not.
I'm not sure how old you are, but you could write for your college magazine or get in touch with your local newspaper for some work experience.
And here's a link for training advice:http://www.nctj.com/
You could write a rant for us too (mail [email protected] for more info) which would help you to start getting a portfolio together.