He also suggests tweeting a picture of a traffic jam to the newsdesk should you happen to get stuck in one on the way to the office.
The series of tips are set out in a post on Paul’s personal blog which can be read here.
His words of advice include:
* Be on time: If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, at least tweet a picture to the newsdesk.
* Bring in a story of your own, even if it’s just a decent and original FoI request idea.
* Offer to make the tea – it will show your potential new colleagues that you’re a team player.
* Use the phone: phone rather than email. And make sure you sound brilliant.
Said Paul: “Most employers looking for trainee journalists will now insist on a work trial day – and it makes sense for both sides.
Quite obviously, it gives managers a useful insight into the attitudes, character, and skills of a would-be employee. But it also allows jobhunters to work out whether an employer is all they’re cracked up to be.”
Paul moved into journalism lecturing earlier this year after two years as an editorial trainer for Local World.
Before that he was deputy editor of the Bath Chronicle for seven years.