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Gifts for Journalism Majors That Will Meet Your Journo’s Needs and Interests

While not honed in their deduction these soon to be journalists will suspect poorly planned gifts. The last minute gas station socks and coffee bundle will simply not suffice and journalism majors will recognize the unthoughtful gift.

But we have arranged a series of options that will meet your Journo’s needs and interests.

So let’s get to what exactly you ought to get the part writer, part creative, part detective in your life.

Gifts for Journalism Majors

The Desktop Organizer
Oh what is one to do when reading references, writing a final piece, revisiting prior drafts, and trying desperately not to mix any of it up? Well, you get organized.

You may find more ‘pretty’ options, but the ruthless efficiency on display in this tower is perfect for students. Limited space, limited options for procrastination, and maximum effect.

However, there is plenty of room still for optimization and personalization with a tool like this. So, with this gift your journalism student will be able to enhance their workflow and not distract themselves from their work.
Bulk Notepads
Speaking of prioritizing workflow, you can’t do much more than guarantee easy access to lots of paper. Bulk gifts are less common, but really more thoughtful. You are buying peace of mind for them for a long period of time.

While fancy journals and other writing utensils have their place the often overlooked idea is the quantity of paper they will need.

It is really a quantity over quality problem most of the time.
Bulk Pens
What is a writer without the ability to write? Pens waste, they disappear, and they break.

However, with a bulk order of pens that trainee journalist is not going to have to stress when they do. No, when the inevitable occurs you will have provided them with copious backups to fallback on.

No, midnight runs to the 24 garage for ballpoints. Nor ink spills hurriedly refilling ink cartridges or other such things. No, they will simply grab another pen from their reliable reserve.
Dictaphone Audio Voice Recording Tool
The role of the journalist can include interviews, quotes, and opinion pieces. The kind of thing best captured live, edited later, and lastly written.

However, for those recordings you only really have one chance to clearly get the first take and reaction to things. You need a reliable, safe and quality solution to the question of how best to collect the thoughts and meaning of those speaking.

Well, this is where this handy recorder meets those needs. High quality audio, reliable memory size, and security features to prevent invasion of privacy or theft.

A true dream piece of kit for the modern journalist.
Encrypted Password Protected Flash Drive
Why collect your data securely and then store it or transport less so?

Those investigative threads, sensitive topics, and personal memories we collect must be done so carefully. Good habits are best learned before we let bad ones take their place.

A journalist is never too early in their career to consider the anonymity of, security of, and legal obligations to third parties that speak to them. Poorly stored secrets can hurt people and so we need adequate means to handle data.

This flash drive is encrypted, password protected, and also small enough to hide. A perfect solution.
Locked Journal and Planner
Sometimes who we meet and where we go tells more than what was said. Your journalist can protect their sources, their scoops and their stories by protecting your personal affairs with this diary.

A simple solution to a complex problem.
The Leather journal
So, maybe you don’t want many journals, or security integrated ones. The classic leather bound quality journal is still a staple gift.

More the personal one to be kept with them than one for filling as need arises.

This journal boasts authentic leather and thick papers so that bleed through won’t affect the final result. A journal to be filled over time and kept.
Bamboo Fountain Pen
So, maybe you don’t want many pens either. Well like the above quality journal we have a quality pen. More for calligraphy and pretty writing than mere function, but no less functional either.

This is a pen for those who really want their written word or signature to carry a secondary aesthetic to it all of its own.
A Classic Typewriter
There are many who would cherish the idea of a classic typewriter. The old school is far from dead. In fact, other classic items like record players and pocket watches are firmly in style and in demand.

Plus there is nothing like the punch of an authentic typewriter key and the sound when you hit the end of the page and reset.
The Tactical Pen
Sometimes while out on the case or while working a story you might find yourself in a weird situation. This is where you’ll be happy to have an inconspicuous self defense slash survival tool. Most certainly a better to have and not need than need and not have item.

However, if the worst happens and all of a sudden you’re in trouble or witness a crime then this will be a game changer.

Part self defense. Part DNA collector. Part glass breaker. This is a useful tool in a journalist’s kit.
Waterproof Camera
They won’t always be able to have a camera man. They also won’t be able to pick the locations. It’s gonna rain. Cameras will get wet.

Thankfully, this little beauty is affordable, waterproof and portable.

An easy addition to the on the go life of a journalist chasing their leads.

Don’t be weighed down by heavy cumbersome equipment that you don’t need. Instead, use this lightweight option to get what you do need from your story and move on.
Smartphone Keyboard
Often we can’t make it to the library or the office. Space is a finite resource and travelling to ideal settings is a luxury. So many times the best work is done in our mobile offices.

This smartphone compatible keyboard is a powerful tool in turning the ‘bare essentials’ into a workspace for a writer.

All of a sudden you can smash out that article on a plane using just your phone.

We all wish we could always have our ergonomic victorian typewriter encrusted in gold, but sometimes minimal resources will be available. In those moments you need lightweight, portable solutions to remove barriers preventing you from writing.
High Performance Backpack
While on the topic of writing in inopportune locales, how could we forget the reality of travel?

The truth is that sometimes one will need to move for stories or to meet sources. While not necessarily for our criteria these bags are big, reliable and weatherproof. So they are a good option for the reporter on the go looking to preserve their equipment, spare their spine, and get the story written.

Of course, the bag also can be utilized for travel, hiking, and other activities making it a really fun gift too.
Lap Desk
Further on the topic of portable workstations and we have the portable desk. Perfect for commuter students, those who want to work in their car, or just anyone struggling to get a desk.

Suddenly, you can pop up a little place for yourself right on your lap and get to work. In this day and age you can truly work from anywhere, but with this you can work in comfort.

Give your student the gift of more time by reclaiming lost hours for them. No more lost work due to the stress of limited access to workspaces.
An L Shaped Desk
Assuming you’ve got the space having one desk for the computer and one for writing is a great set up. So unlike the prior items and their work on the go ethos for when you can’t get to the ideal space this aims to be that space.

What would be the desk we want to get home to? Well, for those who need easy access to their computer, but also a place to write in peace, it is going to be a desk with adequate space.

Couple this with a swivel chair and you’ve the perfect dual workstation for the busy journalism student.
Notebook Cover and Organizer
This comes with a pocket for your phone, cards, and a pen holder. The cover offers an easy option for those looking to bring only the essentials to an interview or seminar.

Now you’ll have writing utensils, id and your phone without the need for a purse or a bag.

A perfectly simple and elegant solution to the question of carrying the assorted bits and bobs of the trade.
Support the Freedom of the Press Pop Socket
Speaking of phones popsockets exist and are a good tool for keeping your phone safe while one handing it. With this pop socket you get the added benefit of displaying your opinion regarding the freedom of the press.

Often journalists are considered democracies watchdog. When democracy is under threat the press is one of the first targets.

This pop socket is a call to action to continue regarding the truth as important. A very central issue to those invested in journalism.
Novelty Travel Mug
The novelty mug is a great gift. This one, however, doubles as also being a good travel mug.

The witty remark is very ‘writery’.

This is a great gift though because it works so well for those receiving it. Students, writers, and journalists all are big caffeine consumers who move in the weird hours of the morning and night.

You’ve got one who is all three simultaneously. They need a really good mug. This is a stainless steel with high durability and a shatter resistant lid. So, this could be their mug going forward for a long time.
Novelty Mug
Of course, you won’t always be traveling and so one also needs a good household mug too. A lighthearted little gift that remarks on one of the cliched phrases of the industry.
Novelty T-Shirt
Maybe Louis Theroux is not their cup of tea, or maybe he is, but nonetheless he is a know person. His brand of weird investigatory dives into subcultures has become very popular and this shirt is clever little play on his name.