Associate Editor at Global Investor/ISF
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How did your degree help you gain your current position?
The Multimedia Journalism degree allowed me to get a foot in the door of the financial trade press back in 2012. At that time jobs were disappearing across the print news industry (local and national) following the fallout of the financial crisis. For the most part online news models were still in their early stages. There was (and still is) a lot of economic, business and cultural disruption.In that kind of climate, without a journalism-oriented degree, the chances of securing an interview are slim. Since then I’ve had four years of financial news experience. All this, when added to the skills gained at CCCU, has led to my current role as an Associate Editor based in New York.
How valuable have you found the skills you learnt in your degree?
Looking back the mix of print, radio and TV was useful and probably underappreciated. Even if you prefer writing, for example, and find TV uncomfortable I would strongly suggest that each student gives each topic a fair share of their attention. That way you find out what each area really involves. It should lead to decent grades and a solid portfolio of work. Same applies for media history, shorthand, public affairs and law. All interesting subjects and likely areas you will not get the chance to study again.
What branch of journalism would you see yourself in/are in?
For the time being I’m sticking with financial news - print and online. Since graduating I've written for the trade press and national newspapers. Plus points of financial journalism are a relatively decent wage, travel opportunities and plenty of news to cover. Downside is that topics are often technical and can be challenging without an economics degree. Also a routine Monday-Friday schedule is the norm if you like that kind of thing.
What advice would you give new graduates about gaining relevant experience?
Show an interest, be humble and ask decent questions. Make use of any contacts. Use social media in an intelligent way. Create a LinkedIn profile. Recruitment agencies love LinkedIn. Read a good mix of papers, magazines and novels on a regular basis. It will ultimately help you find your writing style. Get up to date on current affairs both on a local and global basis. A basic knowledge of politics, geopolitics, economic issues, latest technology, healthcare and cultural trends is a must. Don't get stuck behind your desk. Go out to talk and drink with people. Find stories. It's part of the job.
How important is the fact that the journalism degree is accredited?
I’ll let potential employers be the judge of this one but ultimately if a course if officially recognised that’s got to be a good thing.
What did you enjoy most about Christ Church?
Canterbury itself is a great place for a student to live and learn. There is also no shortage of local news, which helps. Also the positive environment created CCCU tutors and the friendly campus shouldn't be underestimated.