Saturday, 3 November 2012

London masterclass

Okay, sorry sorry sorry! I have been a very busy bee with University work and all but I figured I have time for a quick post about yesterday's (02/11/12) Journalism masterclass that I attended.

The master class was a last-minute trip to London for the Fashion Journalism girls at Sunderland. The trip cost £40 altogether and was based at the Sunderland University campus in Canary Wharf, London.

We were all at a huge priveledge as we got to meet some very inspiring ladies from within the industry. The lovely ladies were as follows:

  • Rachel Richardson - Editor of Fabulous magazine
  • Hannah Almassi - Deputy Fashion News and Features editor at Grazia
  • Hattie Crisell - A free-lance journalist who has worked for many many people!
  • Louise Gannon - A showbiz journalist who writes mostly for Elle and Grazia

The ladies each gave their own advice on getting into the industry and tips on getting there. Therefore, I thought I would share some they mentioned:
  • Lots of experience is essential
  • Good attitude - on time, enthusiastic and positive
  • Ask for advice
  • Read a variety of different things
  • Understand different journalistic styles
  • Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone
  • Make the most of internships
  • Be inquisitive
  • Be friendly
  • Keep in touch with your contacts - you might need them one day!
  • Be prepared for rejection
  • Network with others
  • Be sensitive towards others
  • Suggest stories to newspapers/pitch your own ideas
  • Know a broad variety of news
  • Work as a team
  • Be prepared to organise your life around your career
  • Proof-read all your work
  • Present yourself as confident (even if you're not)
  • Look presentable
  • Make a statement during an interview
  • Remain yourself
  • Know your favourite writers
  • Accept that you will make mistakes, but you will NEVER make them again.
  • Everyone you know is a contact
  • Phone people/talk in person. Never e-mail, it's an open-ticket for people to not reply.
  • Shorthand is essential
  • Aim to have a "FUCK ME DORIS" tagline (long story!)
  • If you're not the right person for the job, accept that someone else will do it.
  • Learn from others
  • No two people write the same
  • Keep your social footprint clean
  • And last but not least, NEVER GIVE UP.

I hope you find their tips as helpful as I did! After the master class, we went for a spot of shopping in Camden and then caught the busiest train home EVER. Sitting on the floor with a drunken Sunderland man is definitely not my favourite past time! 

Here's a silly picture of me trying to escape to Hogwarts:

Thankyou for reading!
Ciao xx


  1. Haha, I have pretty much exactly the same photo next to platform 9 3/4. So many people watching though...

    E x

    1. Haha tell me about it, too obsessed with Harry Potter not to get a photo though! xx