The course gave me a rounded perspective of the different skills I would need
I graduated from the University of Sheffield in summer 2016 after completing the undergraduate course. I then took up a job as a reporter at SWNS news agency, writing copy for the national newspapers/tabloids on a daily basis. I covered court stories, inquests and human interest pieces. I conducted an exclusive interview with the first woman in the world to have a double hand transplant, covered the Leeds grooming case at crown court extensively and the entire inquest of Ann Maguire, a teacher stabbed by a pupil in Leeds.
I was at SWNS for two years before taking up a live reporter role at the Yorkshire Evening Post on a very new digital team. I now cover all breaking news as part of a team of five live reporters. I also cover human interest stories, including the Leeds boy on the hospital floor, which became a national story during election week in December 2019.
At the Yorkshire Evening Post I cover all breaking news as part of a team of five live reporters. I also cover human interest stories, including the Leeds boy on the hospital floor, which became a national story during election week in December 2019
Journalism Studies BA
The degree was brilliant in preparing me for both roles I have taken. The course is designed to cover all aspects of journalism and gave me a very rounded perspective of the different skills I would need. Covering the NCTJ course alongside as a qualification also gave me knowledge of court reporting and the facets of how to construct a story legally and accurately. I spent time covering court cases during the course but the live news days also gave me opportunity to work on human interest stories, voxpop skills and interview techniques.
My favourite piece of work while still at University was my final project magazine Beyond the 92. The magazine was specifically aimed at non-league football fans. We interviewed John Motson, prominent players in the league and those connected with this level.
The final project in this style allows all the skills enhanced throughout the course to be put together to make a finished product, which I still take a lot of pride in. The magazine felt professional and was nominated for University awards after completion. All of the lecturers' and tutors' advice throughout the course helped everyone in the team to reach their full potential in order to put the magazine together.
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