I had already completed numerous work experience placements at newspapers and magazines before I started my Master’s year at Strathclyde. People say experience is the most valuable thing you can have in this industry, but in the modern era a young journalist needs to be an all-rounder. This is why Strathclyde was perfect for me – I refined my writing skills, learned more about online and video journalism and was given the chance to lead a functioning newsroom as part of a six-week publication run.
What’s more, it allowed me to meet people I am now lucky enough to count as friends as well as contacts. Equipped with knowledge of media law and howgovernment structures work, I had so much more confidence going into actual newsrooms when the course finished. I am competent in video, online and print journalism; I can write across a range of subjects and have the ability toconduct difficult human interest interviews in shorthand. Experience is great, but Strathclyde offers the best possible grounding for the path you’re about to take.