“Be confident and resilient” – Insider tips from UK leading journalist

“Journalists are engaged in the painstaking search for truth so people can find justice. It has never been more important to have journalists.”

Those words come from one of the leading names in UK journalism, Dorothy Byrne.

Speaking to students of Leicester Media School when they attended a postgraduate employability event on Wednesday 25 January, Dorothy gave a key note address talking about the importance of the truth as a journalist, also giving insider tips for future journalists.

“Fake News isn’t news; people need to find out the truth about what is going on in their lives.”

Lead speakers from ITV, BBC and a DMU graduate also spoke about their time working in the industry.

Olivia Whaley, a third year single honours journalism student spoke about the experience: “It is so inspiring to gain an insight from journalists such as Dorothy Byrne.

“The whole event motivated me and helped me gain an idea of what is expected from graduates.”

During her talk Dorothy Byrne spoke about the importance of supporting journalists in their attempt to tell the truth, the positive side of social media and how ‘Brexit’ was poorly covered, as well as giving students lifelong tips for the industry that had been given to her by other journalists.

“Be alert, support each other, work experience is key and learn different skills you may need. Social media, learning to shoot videos, learning how to drive are all important skills for a journalist.

“Go to events, always have a story to pitch. Know how the industry you want to go into works, make sure to have a portfolio of work, contact people, do as much as you can while at university and most importantly, impress people.”

As well as lead speakers, Professors from the university spoke about postgraduate options from MAs in Independent study, and Global Media, to MAs in Journalism with an NCTJ accreditation and Investigative Journalism, developed and endorsed by Channel 4.

Professor Jason Lee, head of Leicester Media School, said: “We are fortunate to work so closely with Channel 4 and we share the same ethos. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn from Dorothy Byrne.”

For more information about postgraduate opportunities contact Ali Haynes for the MA in Journalism at ahaynes@dmu.ac.uk or Richard Danbury for the MA in Investigative Journalism at richard.danbury@dmu.ac.uk 

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