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Journalism PgDip/MA: What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Name: Kate Beioley
Course: Journalism MA
Position: Personal Finance Reporter, Investors Chronicle

 

Felicity Baker

Name: Felicity Baker
Course: Journalism MA
Position: Live broadcast assistant, BBC Breakfast News

"I started work as a broadcast assistant for BBC Breakfast News in May 2009. I had no broadcast experience before I took the job, so I walked into Television Centre on my first day with no idea what to expect. The best thing about working at the BBC is that each day throws up a different challenge and I'm learning so much so fast. I work mainly in planning, which involves deciding what stories we'll cover on the show, organising the technicalities of filming, choosing guests to come into the studio, writing the briefs and auto cues for the presenters, organising transport, editing clips for the next morning's show, the list goes on!

"Sometimes I work with the entertainment team or get the chance to go out on location, which is brilliant because I get to see how the programme really comes together. A month into the job I was sent to Wimbledon tennis to help our sports presenter Chris Hollins choose where he would do his live reports from, which was great fun despite the early starts. However, the best moment so far was when I was put as producer on a press junket interview that our presenter Charlie Stayt did with Penelope Cruz.

"I definitely would not have got this job without doing the Kingston MA Journalism course. I referred to the work I did on RiverOnline in every answer during my BBC interview, because it's such a great way to show what you can achieve under pressure and when working as part of a team. The Hands-on module also taught me the importance of checking every detail over and over again, because there's no room for mistakes once you're working. The Law and Government modules have also helped me, and I use what I learnt on them without even realising it most of the time, particularly when thinking of potential guests to bring on the show and knowing if we can legally cover stories without any risk of repercussions."

 

Name: Jody Houton
Course: Journalism MA
Position: Reporter, Phuket Post 

"Since finishing my Journalism MA at Kingston, I have managed to find a full-time job and, most importantly, feel confident in my role. The individual modules and courses were well designed to encapsulate the changing face of journalism, from working and producing content for online purposes to writing and designing pages for print. Learning shorthand has also been an invaluable skill. As part of the course, every student will learn the elements of law as it applies to journalists and also learn about local and central government.

"The course is set up to prepare you to enter the field of journalism and help will be provided to gain work experience and put you in touch with valuable contacts. Guest speakers visit every week and provide interesting insights into being a hack, both past and present. The tutors were acclaimed journalists and very approachable. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Kingston University."

 

Patrick Smith

Name: Patrick Smith
Course: Journalism MA
Position: Junior content editor, Telegraph Media Group

"When I received my BA in History from Birmingham University I decided I would pursue a life-long ambition to become a journalist. Keen to study in London, I looked at various universities, but it was the course offered at Kingston that excited me the most. The future of journalism is online. Yet only Kingston placed enough emphasis on the development of web training.

"Launching Kingston's University online newspaper RiverOnline undoubtedly gave me a tremendous platform from which to develop as a journalist in the 21st century. It was brilliant for me and it taught me the skills I use day-to-day.

"During my course I was fortunate enough to get work experience with several media organisations such as The Daily Telegraph. After finishing two successful spells of work experience there, I was offered a full-time position on the TV desk. I now regularly write about TV, sport, music and film.

"Having grasped a good understanding of media law from my seminars at Kingston, I am also confident when subbing some of the Telegraph's more controversial writers. The tutors at Kingston were always zestful in their approach and supportive (from my initial application sent from my travels in Vietnam to finally providing me with the reference for the Telegraph). Most importantly, they always treated us more like colleagues and for that I am hugely grateful."

 

Selina Sykes

Name: Selina Sykes
Course: Journalism MA
Position: Freelance at the Daily Express and Daily Mail trainee 2015

"The journalism MA and NCTJ qualification is a tough but really rewarding course. Unlike my undergraduate degree, I could see exactly how the course was tailored for preparing us for future careers. What I really liked about Kingston compared to other journalism courses in London is the fact they take on a smaller number of postgraduates, which gives every student more attention as well as creating a tight-knit group. The lecturers got to know us – something that rarely happens at undergraduate level – and did everything to help us succeed.
 
"I am lucky to have worked shifts at a national newspaper thanks to the department's connections – something I would have struggled to do otherwise. This experience and the skills I have learnt this year have secured me a place on the Daily Mail's trainee scheme, which starts in September. In the meantime I am working at the Daily Express."

 

Name: Katy Taylor
Course: Journalism MA
Position: Freelance journalist

"Studying journalism at Kingston was a really rewarding experience. Although challenging at times, the MA course prompted consideration and debate about a variety of subjects, in addition to the straight teaching of the NCTJ syllabus. I have since learnt that shorthand, whilst tedious at the time, is a vital skill to practice.

"Having the opportunity to work on the riveronline.co.uk has been particularly valuable. Setting it up required collaboration as a team, and subsequent development and updates were good practice for the real world. It has been a real talking point in interviews.

"The Kingston staff were friendly and supportive and, most importantly, seem passionate about what they teach. Since I've left the course they have also made themselves available when I've needed advice about getting a job or pitching articles. It has really helped that they have been so encouraging."

 

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