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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.

Shana Lynch

Name: Shana Lynch
Course: Magazine Journalism MA

The Magazine Journalism course at Kingston has been an incredible and valuable experience that will without a doubt help me during my career as a journalist. Without learning InDesign and Photoshop through my work with Persist, I would not have the job at Grazia. Passing the NCTJ law and ethics exam means that I will go into any job knowing the law says I can and cannot do as well as ensuring that everything I do is ethical. Shorthand is a skill that I do not think many young journalists learn, so I will have that advantage over my peers.

Having a Masters in Magazine Journalism has helped me to stand out from other journalists. The module I was most excited to begin was Feature Writing. It was a demanding course and each assignment provided me with a new challenge, especially when it came to interviewing subjects. Features Writing also helped strengthen my interviewing skills, as I wrote features on the #MeToo movement and about the relationship between college students and on-campus police.

The module that had the most benefit to me was Creating Magazines: Content and Context. In this class, we took an in-depth look at magazines and almost dissected them so that we could understand how each individual section works to build together the magazine as a whole. Additionally, it was in this course that I acted as Editor, Deputy Editor, and Art and Pictures Editor of our student magazine, Persist. I truly believe that acting in those positions with Persist taught me the most about Magazine Journalism than any other aspect on our course. This was the most exciting, challenging, and overwhelming part of the process.

 

Andrea Marchiano (2017 - 18 - Postgraduate of the Year in Journalism)

Name: Andrea Marchiano (2017 18 Postgraduate of the Year in Journalism)
Course: Magazine Journalism MA

"Studying at Kingston University gave me a wealth of opportunities to learn about journalism through practice. I served as editor of our masters student-run magazine, which introduced me to all aspects of producing a publication: pitching, writing, editing, designing and more editing. Walking away with a magazine of which I was very proud made it all worth it. I've shown it to employers, who have been quite impressed with the quality of work we put into it. But, for me, the icing on the cake of the whole experience was winning an award from the Student Publication Association, naming our magazine a Highly Commendable Newcomer Publication.

As I enter the journalism industry, I certainly won't serve as a magazine editor just yet. But what I learned from this experience and through all of my courses at Kingston University is that I can aspire to that role. I have honed my skills and feel as though I have what it takes to succeed, thanks to my time on the MA Magazine Journalism course."

 

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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