Huge congratulations to Natalie Tipping who has just secured a job as a reporter on the Kent Messenger. She will start work in the Maidstone newsroom on 6 June. Additional congratulations are due because Natalie also triumphed at the University Media Awards, winning prizes for best Report and best Interview. And, If that's not enough success for one month, Natalie has won the 2016 Chancellor's Employability Award and a Special Commendation for Student of the Year at the Kent Student Awards. Brilliant!
I'm delighted to report another example of early job success. MA student Ben Richter has been appointed to a two-year traineeship with the German regional newspaper Heilbronner Stimme, German for Voice of Heilbronn. The title is based in the south-west German town of Heilbronn and reaches around a quarter of a million readers every day. During his traineeship - which is the best start to a career in German journalism - Ben will work in all the newspaper's departments including politics, culture, and sports, He will contribute to the print edition and the website and work on social media.
Huge congratulations to Kishan Koria who began his career as a journalist today, Sunday 8 May, as a member of the production team for ITN's new politics show, Peston On Sunday. I thought the show was lively and intelligent. Kishan has done exceptionally well to start on a network show, but I know several other soon-to-be graduates in the Centre have agreed,or are about to agree, contracts for other great jobs in great newsrooms.
Centre for Journalism graduate Lucy Ross-Millar (BA Hons, 2011) has completed a six month, 5868 mile cycle challenge from Vietnam to Nepal. Lucy, who worked after graduation for the Society of Editors and then as a reporter for Cambidge News, undertook the challenge with her partner Ryan Graver in a bid to raise money for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). MAG works to reclaim contaminated land following the Vietnam War and creates safe conditions for development in the region. Lucy has blogged on her experiences throughout the expedition.
Cavendish Press is a news agency which writes and sells stories to many national newspapers.Based at Media City in Salford Quays, it is looking for an NCTJ trained reporter to replace an employee who has moved to a job at the Daily Mail. This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious CfJ graduate who really wants to make it in national newspapers.