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Angela Barnes

Graduated 2008

Solent graduate, Angela Barnes

The wide range of multi-platform skills gained allowed me to pursue different journalistic paths - starting in print, moving to digital, then to TV.

During my final year at university, I started freelance writing for the business section of the Daily Echo, gaining weekly by-lines. In my third year, I also gained freelance work at the Evening Standard newspaper, achieving my first national front page by-line on a mayoral election campaign story.

This course provided me with an excellent foundation to build on at the start of my career in journalism. It helped me to make a confident and impressionable transition into a real newsroom environment.

Upon graduation, I was accepted onto Sky News' three-week internship programme, a very competitive placement to get.

After impressing them, I was offered a full-time position at Channel 5 News, which was then part of Sky. I worked there for one year as an online producer and TV reporter. After that, I took a staff position at Sky News where I now work - and I love my job!

My current position at Sky is one of the most diverse in the newsroom. Not only do I produce, I also report and present. Being able to combine all of these roles is thanks to the excellent tuition I received in these areas to prepare me for my career. During the course, I was always encouraged to adopt a multi-platform mindset early on and this has helped me to have the interesting and varied role I have today.

If you want a career in journalism, I would advise you to make the most of the university's facilities when you are there - film, shoot and edit original reports, practice in the studio, practice with the kit available. Build a portfolio of work when you have the expertise and tools to help set you on your path.