Olga Cotaga standing by a muralOlga Cotaga

Reporter, Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones

MA Broadcast Journalism, University of Sheffield, 2014–15

I did a one-month internship at the BBC in London and the reason I got the internship was because I was doing this course

I currently work for Dow Jones in London. I write about UK house-building and real estate companies for the Wall Street Journal and the Dow Jones Newswires. I started this job in November 2015, shortly after graduating from Sheffield Uni.

The course pushed me to learn by doing. WSJ encourages journalists to jump into the unknown. And if your days as a student were mostly about sitting on a chair and listening to others talk, then you're basically not WSJ material.

Also, my writing became much better. I did a broadcast degree and now I write for a newspaper, so some might say that television or radio skills aren't transferable in print or online. It's false. I learned how to write in a much more concise and sharp way and this is actually how WSJ wants you to write too. Plus, the pressure we were put under during the newsroom days is really paying off now when I have to write short stories for the wires.

I did a one-month internship at the BBC in London and the reason I got the internship was because I was doing this course. The fact that the Sheffield Uni has got such a great reputation in the UK has been a great factor in choosing me over other applicants, I think. People in the industry know about the postgraduate degrees in journalism at Sheffield and they are highly thought of.

The hardest thing was to do my uni work while also doing the internship. I worked more than 50 hours a week at the BBC, and then when I got home I had to also submit my uni assignments. But it was worth it, of course.

MA Broadcast Journalism More taught postgraduate degrees in journalism and communication