Newsletter: Winter 2012

November 22, 2012

Speed dating that perfect job
Our first ever Careers Speed Dating event was a success, with more than 60 final year journalism students joining some from PR & Marketing to meet local media employers.

The idea was to enable students to explore the full range of career options where their journalism skills would be welcomed. So we had BBC online, radio and TV journalists, writers and editors, copywriters, press office/comms people, plus social media, SEO, PR & digital marketing experts. Read the account by Sarah Ingman (H6), and spot the familiar faces in our slideshow. One of the employers, Fay Nyberg, was inspired to write a blog with tips on job-hunting.

Congratulations to Aditi Beri, who met the challenge set by Dee Marshall, head of communications at Welcome to Yorkshire, to send her a CV by midday the next day (two minutes to spare, Aditi, not bad). Aditi’s been offered work experience with Welcome to Yorkshire as a result. Quite a few of you (Jess Balme and Rosa Mitchell among them) followed up the event by tweeting the people you’d met.

Top prize for networking should go to Charlotte Corner who managed to end up in the pub with the two BBC journalists, including Joe Inwood from Look North. Within 48 hours, Charlotte had heard she’d secured work experience she’d applied for at BBC Look North. We don’t know whether it was the pub that helped, or just Charlotte’s all-round tenacity. But, congratulations to her.

BBC placements
In fact, quite a few of our final years have secured work placements with the BBC, all thanks to our new accreditation with the BJTC. They include Claire Johnson, who’s off to BBC Sheffield, and Rebecca Welfle and Grant Whalley, who go to Watchdog. So, for those of you in first and second years, plenty to look forward to.

Employability fortnight
We know lots of you are planning to use January to find work placements and get some experience under your belts. But for those who are available, the university is putting on a range of great events as part of its Employability & Enterprise Fortnight from 14th to 25th January 2013. These include:
• 16th Jan – how to succeed at graduate assessment centres
• 15th Jan & 24th Jan – Linked In Hackathon
• 17th Jan – our own Hugo Smith is running a pop-up TV production company
• 23rd Jan – experienced journalist Chris Brady will be doing a session on a career in editorial (blogging, social media, websites)
• 24th Jan – How to get a job using Social Media: The Do’s and Don’ts

You’ll find a full list of events here. But be aware you need to book as places will get filled up.

Student satisfaction
If the news hasn’t filtered down yet, we’re delighted to say that you are now studying on the third highest-ranked single honours Journalism course in the country, in terms of student satisfaction. It’s all based on the National Student Survey results. We’re keen of course to maintain this achievement, so if things are going wrong anywhere, please let us know so that we can try to address them. Explore the results for yourselves by visiting the Unistats website. In addition to our BJTC accreditation, we are also officially backed by the PTC now as well – the professional body for the magazine industry.

New faces
A big (and belated) welcome to our new part-time staff, Carmen Bruegmann, John Baron and Neil Hudson.
Carmen’s fantastic experience in magazines (deputy editor of Cosmopolitan and She magazines, amongst others) is helping our third year students in their Magazine Project, and John Baron (the Guardian’s Northerner, South Leeds Life and more) is busy getting our first years writing local blogs. A couple that caught our eye are by Carris Boast and Aimee Robinson but there’s plenty more here.

We’re also fortunate to have Neil Hudson from the Yorkshire Evening Post working with our first and second years. Meanwhile well done to Sean, who was asked to help judge this year’s Orwell blogging prize.

Separated at birth?

We couldn’t help noticing a similarity between our own Neil Whitaker and a certain well-known Yorkshire cricket umpire. Howzat!

Work experience
We’ve had a breakthrough with Skysports and several of you are benefiting with work experience with them, including Sam Lowrey (H6), David Bowers (H5) and Ryan Parrish (H5). Ryan’s also been busy getting on air with Yorkshire Radio too, whilst Alice Booth (H5) has been at The Press in York (read one of her pieces on our blog), and Anja Swann (H5) did a stint at Whitehaven News. Sarah Heald (H6) and Holly Simmonds (H6) have become the regular match reporters for Farsley Ladies AFC.

Millie Andrews (H6) became something of an expert in all things farming during her placement with Farmers’ Weekly – who’d have thought there’d be so much to say about tractors, but Millie managed it. Alex Browne (H6) has been working at the Daily Mail and the Yorkshire Post, and Molly Dolan (H6) has secured a paid part-time post as editorial assistant with Epilepsy Action.

Hannah Curry (H6) got all ‘excellent’ ratings from her stint at Pulse Radio, as did Sarah Cox (H6) from the Daily Express fashion desk. Aalia Khan (H6) and Claire Johnson (H6) also did very well at their respective local papers.

Experts in Media Law
For those of you in second year tackling your Media Law, take heart from Charlotte Hemingway, Charlotte Corner, Rebecca Welfle and Laura Brothers who all got a 1st in this double module last year. Millie Andrews and Jess Balme came really close with 68% so it does go to show it’s possible to excel in this.

Our graduates
We thought you might like to know what kinds of jobs some of last year’s graduates have ended up in. Jake Davies has joined 2011 graduate Robyn Vinter (who’s at Farmers’ Weekly) on sister publication Poultry World (and let me tell you, the pay’s no chicken feed). Haigh Simpson is editing three new local magazines for yell.com, Hollie Richardson is web content assistant at Schuh in Edinburgh and Ismail Mulla is chief reporter at Awaaz News. Gemma Revill is on the graduate scheme at M & S.

Darcy Amamou (who graduated in 2011 in fact) has a job at Epiphany (they were at our careers event), and Becca Brown has been working with Snapshot Media, another of the guest employers. Dan Cholerton is the man behind Joey Barton’s blog; Dan, together with Louise Van Weezel, both got permanent jobs with local digital marketing agency First 10 following graduate internships that we’d arranged. Dan tells us: “I’ve been handed responsibilities I could never have imagined, spending days alone with footballers, being given access to all areas for football matches, behind the scenes filming. It’s been brilliant.”

Fiona Gribben is working at our own Leeds Met press office, and reported on our careers event for the university’s website. Jessica Irwin is marketing and communications assistant at Brockenhurst College, and we have to mention Emily Levy, who’s forging a path with her ever more popular Youtube impressions of shows like The Only Way is Essex, Made in Chelsea and Geordie Shore. We think she must have got these skills from her fave tutor, Sean.

So we’ll leave you with this final image of last year’s graduates, and Lauren Foley who definitely took the prize for best shoes of the day as she tottered across the stage in style to pick up her degree certificate. We look forward to seeing this year’s third years doing the same – with or without the shoes – in just eight months’ time. Eeek.

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