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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.


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.

One example of the calibre of course lecturers is Dan Townend, who juggles his work as a Kingston lecturer 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, 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 prominent names who have visited recently:

  • Farah Storr, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan
  • David Jenkins, editor of Little White Lies
  • Ben Machell, feature writer at The Times
  • Samira Ahmed, BBC presenter and former Channel 4 news anchor (Samira is currently Visiting Professor at Kingston)
  • Rossalyn Warren, award winning foreign affairs journalist and former Buzzfeed reporter
  • Fatima Manji, presenter at Channel 4 news
  • Alex Whiting, creative producer at Vogue Video
  • Charlotte Duck, deputy editor at
  • Will Dean, commissioning editor at The Guardian
  • Richard Monynihan, head of digital journalism at The Daily Telegraph
  • Anoosh Chakelian, deputy web editor at The New Statesman
  • Radhika Sanghani, features writer for The Daily Telegraph

Work placements

We encourage and help work experience placements throughout your time at Kingston. 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 time 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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