MLitt Digital Journalism student smiling at camera

Natalie Bello

USA

MLitt Digital Journalism

American student Natalie, who is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, is studying the MLitt Digital Journalism course at Strathclyde. Learn about her experiences and why she chose to study here.

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

After reading the description for the Digital Journalism course, I knew that Strathclyde was my first choice. The program was exactly what I was looking for. I also had previously visited Scotland and enjoyed it so; I figured I would like studying in Scotland.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoy how practical the courses are to real-world experience. I feel that I am going to be prepared to take on a career in journalism once I graduate. We also have a good amount of time to practice our skills and improve to become a better journalist.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

My advice would be to take advantage of everything your lecturers and Strathclyde has to offer. Your lecturers are happy to meet with you if you have questions. There is so much going on around campus so get involved! It will make your experience that much more memorable.

What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?

The best thing about studying at Strathclyde is all the society and clubs there are to join. Most of my closest friends I’ve met are through the clubs I have joined since starting at Strathclyde. There is something for everyone here.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed studying your course?

I have improved my writing and learning where to find a story. Those two skills are so important for every journalist, and you will have plenty of opportunities to improve your writing. We are also learning how to operate cameras which is another useful skill I have been developing. 

How is your course helping to enhance your current career and prepare you for your future career?

The lecturers make sure you know the basics that all journalist should know, so it does not matter if you do not come from a journalism background. There are also opportunities to network because we often have guest speakers who are working in journalism positions today.

What are your ambitions for the future and how do you think your time at Strathclyde will help you achieve your goals?

Strathclyde is helping me figure out what path I would like to take after I graduate. I am hoping to start my career in Glasgow once my course ends. Strathclyde is giving me the foundation to network, improve my CV at our awesome Career Center, and learn more about applying for a work visa with the help of the International Student Support Team.