University College London Journalism

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University College London Journalism

University College London Journalism

Journalism

Degree Programme: BA Linguistics Year of Graduation: 1995
Career: Journalism

Summary of career path:

  • Involvement with student publications during studies
  • Postgraduate diploma in periodical journalism
  • Trainee sub-editor, becoming Sub-editor at international newspaper for EFL teachers, EL Gazette
  • Sub-editor, becoming Production editor with various financial magazines at FT Business
  • Deputy production editor, becoming Production editor for The Guardian’s media website
  • Network production editor for theguardian.com (formerly guardian.co.uk)
Benefits of degree in Linguistics:
Modules in semantics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics, which all focus on the importance and power of language, are still relevant now. The final year project was also in a relevant area, political correctness in language.
Top tip:
Extracurricular activities are very important. University provides an opportunity to pursue interests beyond your current career path, or that support it, and to discover new skills. Get involved in societies relevant to jobs you’d like to do, such as getting involved with student publications if you want to get into journalism, or that provide you with skills that with would put you at an advantage when applying, such as language learning.
Degree Programme: BA Linguistics Year of Graduation: 2002 Career: Publishing/Journalism

Summary of career path:

  • 2003-2005 Project Coordinator with a design agency
  • 2005-2007 Part-time MSc in Science Communication
  • 2007-present Editor of scientific newsletter and website

Benefits of degree in Linguistics:

  • awareness of language and communication
  • ability to approach language critically
  • general analytical skills, writing and communication skills
  • essay writing skills did helped to process large amounts of information and put them into short pieces that are easily understandable

Top tip:

Students hoping to go into publishing or journalism would really benefit from doing work experience whilst at university and keeping a portfolio of their writing, e.g. write for the student newspaper or keep a blog. These pieces can be put into the portfolio and provide excellent opportunities to develop your writing skills, whilst also demonstrating to prospective employers that you’re serious about a career in journalism.