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Case Study: AJ

Personal details
Degree:Film Studies and English Literature Profile picture
School(s): School of English, School of Philosophy, Anthropology & Film Studies
Year of Graduation:Jun-2009
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Bauer Media
Job title: Broadcast Journalist
Occupational Sector: Journalism
What has been your route to getting your current position?
After graduating I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Robert T. Jones Jr Memorial Scholarship which meant I spend a year studying at Emory University and interning on the main editorial desk at CNN's main headquarters. After returning to the UK I completed my PgDip in Broadcast Journalism which ultimately led to my current job.
What does your job involve ?
A typical shift for me involves interviewing, writing, reporting on a particular story or reading hourly news bulletins on air. People often assume a Broadcast Journalist sits around waiting for their next on-air appearance, but that's far from the truth. We're always chasing or following-up a story or out interviewing people.
What are the best bits of your job ?
I get to meet unique and interesting people who have rich stories to tell and I get to broadcast to a large audience. With radio I get to read to people in a rather intimate way, as they listen at home or drive in their car. It's just me and the listener.
Why were you successful?
I put my success so far down to drive and perseverance. I've never taken no for an answer and always wanted to do the job I'm doing.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Whilst studying film I was always encouraged to find new ways of looking at a film text. There's always a new way of reading a film there for you to discover and I suppose that openness to find a new story works well in journalism. I'm always looking to tell a narrative in the most unique and engaging way possible and my experience studying film taught me how to do that best. I was also a big fan of documentary cinema. The styles of documenting reality are relevant for me today and the ethics that come with the genre are ethics I face every day as a journalist.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Work hard. Know what you want to achieve and map out a way of getting there. Find ways to make your Film Studies degree relevant to a future career path and stick to that road.