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.
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.
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.
Apply for placements and start freelancing as soon as possible. Find out who books freelance journalists at different media organisations, send them your CV, links to your work and persist. Also, keep any public social media accounts professional; you never know who looks at them!