At Leeds Trinity, we believe journalism is one of the most exciting, demanding, interesting and rewarding careers on the planet.
The online, print and broadcast industries are highly competitive, but our excellent links with employers mean they tell us - and help us deliver - exactly what our trainees need to get a job.
We consistently deliver accomplished, legally aware journalists with multi-platform news skills, as well as the academic ability relevant for higher level research.
Our Postgraduate Journalism course incorporates all the multiplatform news skills needed for any career in journalism.
Trainees work in dedicated newsrooms and studios and undertake a wide range of live production to hone their skills.
We continually partner with many major news organisations, including BBC North in Salford, ensuring you get access to the best quality placements, mentoring opportunities and expert industry speakers.
The MA in Journalism is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
As of 2014, 100% of our Journalism graduates were employed in the industry before the end of the course for the third year running. Recent graduates secured jobs at Cosmopolitan, Sky Sport News online, Caters News Agency, The Dewsbury Reporter, Halifax Courier, Batley News, Wakefield Express, Press Association, Radio 4, ITV Calendar, BBC local radio and commercial radio.
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What are your best memories from studying at Leeds Trinity and were you involved with any clubs or societies?
One of my best memories was helping to train the British Army in Press/Media relations as part of the MA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism course I studied. It was a gruelling couple of days, helping to train soldiers, officers and paratroopers in how to handle belligerent journalists, but we witnessed some spectacular live fire exercises, and even tried our hand on the firing range and on their assault course.
On top of all this, we ran our own radio and TV news rooms, broadcasting live to members of the public. It was the best experience possible for preparing us to walk into any newsroom and perform excellently.
What have you done since you graduated?
I spent years working for BBC local radio stations as a journalist and producer, covering court cases, reporting on news stories, producing sports programmes from all over the country and delivering commentary from sports matches.
I was then offered a role in digital marketing with one of the best agencies in the UK, where I performed well and quickly moved into a management position. From there I was head-hunted to lead a department of my own with another agency, before deciding to partner up with someone to pour our efforts into building a digital marketing consultancy business.
What is your current role and how did it come about?
I'm a partner and consultant in www.haystacksearch.co.uk.
We're experts in digital and search engine marketing, helping client businesses to grow, and optimising their online strategies.
Like all good ideas, this one formed during a meeting in a pub! We decided that since we're both leaders in our respective fields, we'd team up and take on the world. So far it's going brilliantly!
I'm also the owner and operator of a small ecommerce website at www.cavemanstore.co.uk.
Who is your hero and what would be your dream job?
I wouldn't go so far as to call anyone a hero; it's too much for anybody to live up to, no one's perfect.
And as far as a dream job... Is there any room in the world for a professional weight lifting, whisky tasting, poker playing, computer game testing, food and film critic?
How would you sum yourself up in three words?
Lucky, credible, ambitious
Gayathri Kanaga Sundaram, MA Broadcast Journalism
Why do you feel you got more than a degree by studying at Leeds Trinity?
I got more than a degree because not only did I get the skills needed to work in the world of Journalism, I got to show them off to the right people. One of the main factors of getting far in journalism is getting contacts, and while it is good to get as many contacts as you possible can, the most important thing is getting to know the right ones.
The lecturers at Leeds Trinity are great because they pointed me in the right direction and told me the people who I needed to impress. I believe it's that tutoring that has got me where I am now.
What made you choose to attend Leeds Trinity and what are your best/funniest memories from your time here?
I honestly didn't want to do a postgraduate degree at first because I had already done a Journalism degree previously (at a different University) and felt I had done enough. However, after some persuasion from family and friends I decided to return to education. I asked around some of my old University friends, plus people who I did work experience with and they all recommended the course at Leeds Trinity. I applied and within two months, I got the place.
My first highlight of the course was definitely Journalism Week because I got to meet so many incredible Journalists - especially Alex Brooker!
What have you done since graduation and what is your current job?
Since graduation I managed to get some freelance work with BBC Radio Leeds after doing some work experience for them as part of the course and I'm having such a blast. They've been an amazing station to work for.
What advice would you give to this year's graduates about to embark on their careers?
It sounds really cheesy, but be yourself. You don't have to be a certain type of person to be a Journalist. You just need to work the necessary skills of Journalism around your personality, as well as working hard.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
The dream would be to get a full-time job at Radio Leeds because I really love working for them. However I'm really happy with the way things are going now, I hope it continues this way and hopefully it all goes uphill from here.
The normal entry requirement is a good honours degree qualification - minimum 2.2, preferably 2.1 or above. Relevant work experience is also expected. You need an interest in current affairs and in people, places and events and should have a willingness to accept irregular hours and the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
Recipient: Leeds Trinity University
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