I am currently the morning desk editor, a reporter and broadcast journalist at Q Radio. I am responsible for producing the morning and lunch time news bulletins. I have worked here for three years since I graduated from the course.
What made you want to do a postgraduate course?
After graduating from my Law degree from Ulster University, I immediately applied for the postgraduate in Journalism. The jobs market within the media industry in Northern Ireland is fiercely competitive so I knew I wanted to apply for a Masters that could set me apart from the interview candidate coming through the door behind me. Having a postgraduate qualification from Ulster University did exactly that, as it’s widely recognised as one of the best courses in the UK.
Why did you choose your particular postgraduate course and why Ulster University?
I love talking, I love current affairs and I love people, so a career in Journalism was a no-brainer for me. I studied Law at Ulster and loved every minute of it, so I hoped the Post-grad course would be the same. I was right.
What did you enjoy most about the course? Is there one thing in particular that stands out?
I genuinely had a blast from start to finish – which I know sounds a bit odd! Nothing is ever too much for the staff who run this course, and their doors are always open, even if you’re just having a bad day or fancy a chat – there’s always a listening ear. I believe this course gave me the best possible start I could have wished for in my career. Classes are small and hands-on – One day I was writing and reading radio bulletins and presenting in front of a TV camera, the next I could have been out court reporting, or writing a feature piece for a magazine. No matter what your niche is – it’ll be catered for at Ulster. The skills I learnt – have let me grow in to the journalist I am today, and the social life isn’t the worst either!
Has this course brought any benefit to you since graduating?
Every student in the course gets the opportunity to apply for a work placement in a media organisation of their choice. I was extremely fortunate to be selected for a 6-week position at BBC Radio Ulster. Here I worked on different radio programmes such as Evening Extra and Good Morning Ulster. I was able to set interviews up, go out reporting and even made it on air. I loved every second of it and the experience was second to none. Before the end of my placement a broadcast journalist role opened up at Citybeat (now Q Radio) and I got the job. This meant I had gained full-time employment before I had even graduated from the course, not bad!
What advice would you give someone considering postgraduate study??
Get stuck in! It’s a busy year and it’s by no means easy – but it’s so, so rewarding at the end.
Describe your experience of studying at Ulster in 3 words
Beneficial, memorable and fun
Has this inspired you to take on further study?
Find out more about this course by registering to attend our Festival of Study event or view more information by visiting the Journalism course page