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Magazine Journalism 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: Stephanie Stafford
Course: Magazine Journalism MA

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Taylor Anderson

Name: Taylor Anderson
Course: Magazine Journalism MA

"Although I had a BA in English, I had no experience as a journalist before I started at Kingston. After searching through a handful of programmes around the UK and the US, I decided on the MA Magazine Journalism course because it seemed extremely practical - I felt it would teach me all of the basics and prepare me for a career in the industry better than any of the others.

"Once I started the course I knew I had made the right choice. I loved learning from lecturers who were also working as journalists in the national press. Producing MOUTH with my peers offered real insight into what it takes to create a magazine.

"The best part of the course for me was the month-long internship. I completed mine at Zest and once I finished the placement the features editor offered me a part-time position as a features assistant. And now, less than a year after graduation, I'm working at Zest full-time. Kingston definitely set me on the right track for what I hope will be a long and successful career as a journalist."

 

Emma Day

Name: Emma Day
Course: Magazine Journalism MA

"Journalism is undoubtedly a very difficult industry to break into, but studying an MA at Kingston is the perfect way to begin to carve a career in the media. You're exposed to a broad education that endears you to employers. From feature and news writing, to advertising knowledge and design experience and the great focus on online experience, you graduate well-equipped to apply for many more jobs on than just being a news reporter.

Without that broad training, I couldn't have secured the three completely different jobs I've had since graduating, from staff writer at Haymarket Media Group, to web shifts at the Daily Express and writing the Harrods Style Guide. Even a lecture on how to pitch articles to editors gave me the confidence to secure freelance work at the Telegraph - something I was never brave enough to try after my undergraduate degree.

I enjoyed the practical aspects of the course the most, from crafting our very own magazine to designing layouts and writing 2,000 word investigative features. But this is a really hands-on course and you learn about more than just writing: teamwork, delegation, tackling real-life press day dilemmas - everything I've been required to know was taught to me at some point during the year. I was also able to undertake a wide range of work placements.

The lecturers are great at boosting confidence in your own abilities and helping your realise your strengths and weakness. Since so many of them are still very active in the industry, they have a wealth of contacts that they're only too happy to share. There is no way I would be where I am now without the Magazine Journalism master's at Kingston. Every job I've had has been thanks to the contacts or skills I gained during that year."

 

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