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Angela Barnes

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism

Graduated 2008

Angela Barnes

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!

Journalism students
Reporting for ITV
Four students from the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree, and two from BA (Hons) Journalism, were given the opportunity to report at election counts around Hampshire for ITV News Meridian in May 2019.
Three students at the printing centre
Printing preview
Second year journalism students completing the magazine production unit got an insight into the entire print production process at the Daily Echo’s print centre in Redbridge.
Women's worldcup
Women's World Cup broadcast
Sports journalism graduate Amber Hemming has been called up by the Paris-based Host Broadcast Service to provide content for a record audience of up to a billion viewers worldwide for the Women's Football World Cup.
Students on the Solomon Islands
Sports journalism students take over social for national football team
Students and an alumnus of sports journalism had the opportunity to hone their online skills working for the Solomon Islands’ national men’s football team. Over three weeks the Solent-trained journalists worked tirelessly to produce social media content and match day highlights from the Solomon Islands’ tour of Netherlands Oceania Support Foundation.
Student filming a the Saints ground
Students collaborate to live stream the Hampshire Senior Cup Final
Students studying sports journalism and TV production got an opportunity they couldn’t pass up last month, filming and producing the live Hampshire Senior Cup Final live stream broadcast for Southampton FC.
Students at the Russia World Cup
Four sports journalism students head to the World Cup in Russia
The third-years secured half of the eight paid places available to provide live and post-match footage to be sent to broadcasters across the globe.
Students in the offices of Mondadori
A visit to Italy's city of silk
First and second year BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration and BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism students got to go on an exciting study trip in Italy, where they visited the head offices of top fashion magazines and a silk factory in Lake Como before ending the trip with an enviable visit to Venice.
Darren Styles
Publisher of Attitude magazine advises fashion journalism students
a guest lecture with Darren Styles, managing director of Stream Publishing, which publishes the world-leading LGBT magazine Attitude. Darren discussed how brands could be created, and quashed the rumour that print journalism is dying. After the talk, we chatted with him to find out his advice for students as well as some of the highlights of his career.

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