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Journalism BA(Hons): Links with business and industry

How we work with industry partners

Our links with business are key to the course - whether it is the wealth of experience our lecturers bring from their own careers, the top calibre guest speakers who pass on tips every week or the extensive industry work experience you get as part of the course.

Lecturers

A diverse team of journalists teach on the course, all with current or recent experience of either the national press or key local or trade press. This means that teaching is informed by the latest industry expertise and you have access to practical help and career advice from people with insider knowledge.

Two examples of the calibre of course lecturers are Professor Brian Cathcart and Dan Townend:

In addition to teaching at Kingston, Brian Cathcart is a former deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday. He has written six books, including the acclaimed The Case of Stephen Lawrence which won the Crime Writers' Association Non-Fiction Award and the Orwell Prize. Brian has also been a high profile founder member of Hacked Off, the pressure group working on reforming media standards.

Dan Townend juggles his work as a lecturer at Kingston with weekend and evening news editing shifts on the Daily Express. He also freelances for a range of publications, specialising in subject areas ranging from health to gambling. Before joining the journalism department at Kingston, Dan worked full-time for a succession of news agencies and newspapers, including the Daily Mail and the Express.

Guest speakers

Our guest speaker programme is a fantastic opportunity for students to listen to and question key media figures from every sphere of the industry. To give you a taste of what our speakers can offer, take a look at this selection of big names who have visited recently:

  • Campaigning journalist and film maker John Pilger 
  • Simon Hattenstone, acclaimed Guardian feature writer and sports journalist 
  • Luke Lewis, editor of music bible NME.com
  • Former Channel 4 news anchor and BBC presenter Samira Ahmed (Samira is currently Visiting Professor at Kingston) 
  • Decca Aitkenhead, columnist for the Guardian and the Evening Standard and author of controversial travelogue The Promised Land: Travels in Search of the Perfect E
  • Twitter queen and (national newspaper reporter) fleetstreetfox
  • David Randall, assistant editor of The Independent on Sunday
  • Dominic Ponsford, editor of Press Gazette, the national trade journal for the UK newspaper industry
  • David James Smith, an accomplished Sunday Times Magazine who spoke of his in-depth coverage of the disappearance of Madeline McCann 
  • Sean Duggan, group editor of regional newspaper group Newsquest (South London) 
  • Lara O'Reilly - Marketing Week reporter and recent Kingston journalism graduate
  • Conrad Quilty-Harper - Interactive News Editor at the Daily Telegraph 
  • Prolific freelance and women's issues writer Viv Groskop 
  • Political blogger Sunny Hundal 
  • Joanna Geary - The Guardian's digital development editor

Work placements

We encourage and help work experience placements throughout your time at Kingston and in the third year it is an essential part of the course and a chance for you to show the professionals what you've learnt.

You will spend a period working for a local or national media organisation. This is designed to add work experience to your CV and help you make a more informed career choice on graduation. It should also add to your portfolio of published work, develop your professional skills and give you valuable contacts.

Haymarket Publishing

Our ongoing partnership with publishers Haymarket gives a number of students each year a chance to work on a real magazine project. Teams of students pitch their ideas - in true Apprentice fashion - to a panel headed by the company's chairman, former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine.

Receiving this award from Britain's biggest privately owned publisher will give a great boost to your CV.

The River

We also bring the industry into the classroom with a module dedicated to producing The River campus newspaper and Riveronline website. You'll be involved in:

  • sourcing, writing and editing stories; 
  •  designing and producing finished pages; and 
  •  contacting advertisers to make sure the paper makes money.

This will provide you with hands-on experience of every process involved in producing a publication, enabling you to demonstrate all-round ability to potential employers.

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