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Journalism PgDip/MA: Work placements

Getting experience in the workplace

Your work placement will give you the chance to apply your skills in a real newsroom and make important industry contacts. Current Kingston journalism students have taken full advantage of the University's London location to work at national daily and Sunday newspapers and high-profile glossy magazines.

Where you do your work placement is up to you. Many of our PgDip and MA students have worked previously at the Daily Express; its News Editor, Geoff Maynard says "The Daily Express newsroom has benefited from a steady stream of recruits from Kingston University in recent years. All have shown an excellent grasp of journalism skills thanks to their thorough training programme."

Similarly, Geoff Marsh, Group Director of Digital Content at The Express said the following: "We have hired several Kingston MA journalism graduates in recent years, many of whom have gone on to hold senior editorial positions at Express Newspapers. We believe strongly that the MA course at Kingston is one of the best training grounds for young journalists in Britain today and prepares them fully for a career at the sharp end of news.

"Over the last decade we have taken on around 70 Kingston graduates, both from the undergraduate course and postgraduate. These include reporters like Ben Jefferson and Selina Sykes from the NCTJ course whose careers have flourished here. Our current Head of Digital Production, Levi Winchester, is a Kingston graduate. As well as being responsible for huge swathes of our digital output and maintaining the highest possible production standards across our websites, Levi is now in charge of bringing through the next generation of digital journalists to the Express, Daily Star and OK! Magazine.

"She came to us as an enthusiastic, hard-working young professional with a rounded world view and a maturity beyond her years. That she has progressed so quickly - and that we have put her in charge of hiring the next generation - speaks volumes for her and, like many of her colleagues, for the excellent training she received at Kingston."

Kingston is just 20 minutes from central London, home to all the country's national daily newspapers, big circulation magazines and cutting-edge online news operations. Students on Kingston's well-established BA Journalism degree have worked on a wide range of titles, including:

  • The Times;
  • The Daily Telegraph;
  • The Independent;
  • Daily Mail;
  • Daily Express;
  • Times Online;
  • BBC World Service;
  • Haymarket Magazines;
  • IPC Magazines;
  • EMAP; and
  • local newspapers.

Students have also undertaken successful and stimulating jobs outside the UK: for example, at:

  • 7 Days, a Dubai daily newspaper;
  • Agence France Presse, the French news agency in Paris;
  • Seychelles Broadcasting; and
  • United Daily Issue, Taiwan.

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NCTJ logoBoth the MA and the Postgraduate Diploma are accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
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As as student of this course, you will do at least one industry work placement.
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