I first became interested in journalism through my work as a Young Reviewer for the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle while studying for my A-Levels, before moving to Leeds to study English Literature at university.
I threw myself into student media, with roles as Lifestyle and Culture Editor and News Editor on the student newspaper, before I was elected by the student population as Editor-in-Chief in my final year. This full-time role saw me producing a 48-page newspaper almost every week during term-time, and discovering the thrill of chasing leads and sources to produce an exclusive front-page splash.
During this time I also completed work placements at The Observer and Sky News, and wrote a bi-weekly column for the Yorkshire Evening Post about student issues in Leeds.
After leaving Leeds, I worked as Digital Editor for Save the Student, writing on student finance and mental health and producing a student money podcast. In my spare time I also wrote theatre reviews for Theatre Bubble and contributed to The Overtake.
Through studying a Journalism MA and NCTJ Diploma at Sheffield University, I hope to become a News Reporter, with particular interests in social justice and mental health.
I have been interested in pursuing a career in journalism since I was in secondary school. However, after going to university I had somewhat of a cultural shock. I became interested in various issues regarding higher education and class, such as attainment gaps, the number of BAME students attending and dropping out of university and the overall experience of BAME students on campuses. As the only black male student on my course at university I wanted to know how other students felt who were in my position. I wanted to become part of the conversations raised by public figures such as David Lammy. Pursuing a career in journalism became even more pertinent to me following Lammy’s investigation into Oxbridge’s diversity issues.Whilst at university I worked as a news editor for my university’s official student paper. I also became the editor for a magazine which featured art and literature created by BAME students at my university.
In the future I hope to become a journalist that tackles issues faced by BAME individuals, particularly students across the UK. Coming from a single-parent family in East London has given me a unique perspective regarding higher education, the culture on college campuses and how BAME students fit in. I intend to tackle said issues by investigating the intersection between education, politics and culture.
I am so excited for the future of journalism. It is important to diversify the media to ensure all voices and backgrounds are represented.
I studied for a Master’s in Newspaper Journalism at City University as a Scott Trust Bursary recipient.
I always wanted to be a journalist; when I was little I would present the news to my aunt, signing on as “Lucy, reporting from Baghdad”. I wanted to write and I wanted to help people.
Unable to afford a Master’s after graduating in 2015, I spent three years gaining life experience. I taught children with special educational needs at my secondary school in Harlesden, interned at a political consultancy in Westminster, and worked for the NHS in a GP surgery in Neasden.
Alongside my full-time work I gained newsroom experience. I volunteered as a beauty writer for a digital bridal magazine before securing four weeks at Archant, where I worked on the Brent & Kilburn Times and the Ham & High. There I did my first interviews and broke my first exclusive story. I also spent time each week at UK Tech News writing about the fascinating world of fin-tech and startups.
My experiences working in the public sector and inside the Westminster bubble instilled in me a desire to serve the public by moving into political journalism after I graduate.