Why did you choose to study at Cardiff University?
“I chose the postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism course at Cardiff University because its reputation was unrivaled. The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is the oldest in the country and the list of alumni speaks for itself. I’m not surprised the BJTC said it was the best course they had seen. Also, having graduated with an economics degree from Cardiff University previously, I was well aware that Cardiff is unbeatable as a student city, with a huge variety of places to socialise and very affordable accommodation.”
What was the most relevant / beneficial aspect of the course?
“The most relevant and beneficial aspect of the course were the production days. They were extremely demanding at times, but they need to be in order to prepare you fully for life as a broadcast journalist in a real newsroom. The production days simulate hourly TV and radio news bulletins, which I always found to be hectic and challenging but also a lot of fun. The course provides training in a highly realistic environment, with fully equipped studios and TV gallery. It was particularly helpful to train using iNews and Avid, which I now use in my job at ITV.”
What did you enjoy most about the course / Cardiff University?
“Producing the first breakfast show was a particular highlight. Everyone worked solidly until about 3am in the morning, went home for little more than one hour of sleep, before we were back in for 5am ready to go ‘on air’ at 7am for 90 minutes. To get to the end of the show on time and without any major hiccups was an amazing feeling. But most of all, I enjoyed the company of my course mates. As a group, we gelled very quickly and got on extremely well and I know we will stay in touch.”
Why would you recommend Cardiff to potential students?
“I would recommend Cardiff without reservation to potential students. The course undoubtedly lived up to its reputation as one of the very best in the country. It could not prepare you better for a career as a broadcast journalist. It’s an expensive investment, but if broadcast journalism is what you want to get into, it is a worthwhile one. In my view, nothing will give you a better chance of achieving those goals than the intensive training provided on Cardiff University’s postgraduate journalism courses. Following two terms of intensive training, the course organises your placement for you, which is an enormous help – and I ended up getting a contract there soon after my three week placement came to an end.”
What do you plan to do next?
“I finished the course on the first Friday of June and the very next Monday I started a six month contract at ITV Wales as a trainee production journalist. Within a month I was producing the Daybreak and lunchtime bulletins.”