At a glance
- Studied English
- Graduated in 2002
- Now Music Editor at The Independent
After graduating from York I was offered a bursary by the Johnston Press to take a post graduate diploma in Print Journalism at Sheffield. Although my passion was always for arts journalism, a background in news is excellent grounding. After completing the diploma I worked as a junior reporter on a local paper, News Shopper, based in Kent, for nine months before doing some freelance work for BBC worldwide.
Doing some work experience on the Arts Desk of the Independent on Sunday turned into Sundays working on the News Desk of the daily paper, and, shortly after, the position of Editorial Assistant itself – my first job on a national newspaper. My main passion was music (I'd been in a band throughout my teens, and was an obsessive gig-goer) and in the summer of 2007 I became the Music Editor and writer on the Arts Desk.
I choose York because of its great reputation for English. Academically, I felt it was a good place to be and the choice of modules on offer, particularly in the area of modern literature, was strong.
I was Editor of the Arts supplement of the student newspaper, Nouse, and the experience there was invaluable in preparing me for my job today
York is also ideal for students who want to go into the media: there are two student newspapers which provide ample opportunities for students who want to go into journalism, university television and radio. I was Editor of the Arts supplement of the student newspaper, Nouse, and the experience there was invaluable in preparing me for my job today. I probably spent as much time in the Nouse office during my final year at York as I did in the library writing essays.
I would recommend that everyone develops an interest in a society or activity in parallel to their actual degree. It makes it more likely that you will go on to achieve your dream job.