How Northumbria changed me.. ¦ Studying Journalism at Northumbria

I can’t quite believe that it’s almost the end of my third year at Northumbria. In a few short months I will have graduated and be going out into the wide world… I can’t quite believe it. (Or maybe i’ll stay and do a masters, who knows?)

I thought I would write a post summing up my experience here at Northumbria. I have a little whil left which is going to be so busy with deadlines and graduation prep, so it makes sense to do it now. I also want to have a blog post to look back at.

As a Journalism Student…

My course

I originally came to Northumbria in 2012 to study Law and after quite a few hiccups it really wasn’t for me and September 2014 I transferred to study Media and Journalism BA (hons).

In my first year I studied Broadcast and Shorthand- two brand new concepts to me! As much as I hated shorthand I’m so glad I took it as it has already been useful during my work experiences and volunteering.
I made my first group video project which was exciting and gave me additional video editing skills.

Over my time here I’ve used pretty much all of the Adobe Suite, had access to a real radio station and am now about to get a weekend of work experience with the BBC. I’ve gone from knowing nothing about the professional world of journalism to spending time as the intern of a sports journalist and in the office of one of Britain’s leading cycling magazines.

I’m now working on my final year project, my own magazine which is so stressful but is finally giving me the chance to put all my skills and experiences to use!

I’m also now part of a university radio show, Cyclebabble, which is so much fun!


For my third year we needed to get a work placement. I was so nervous I would never get anything but I got two! 

I spent three weeks at Cyclist magazine and it was so motivating and exciting. It’s made me so damn certain I want to go into journalism, especially the magazine world. For my practical project I’m even making my own magazine.

I got industry standard training and learned what it was like to be on placement. I even got published in the next month’s magazine and got to cover the Olympics on their website! A truly unbelievable experience!

Trips and Media Volunteering

Over the past three years, I’ve traveled up and down the country pursuing my career as a journalist. I had such a blast at the Tour de Yorkshire and even got chatting with the local BBC radio team. It was amazing to see the womens’ race finally get the same coverage as the mens!

I got to see my idol Lizzie Armitstead in the flesh which was awesome!

I was ecstatic last summer when I was selected to be a Sports Media Intern at Northumbria. Through this, I met and interviewed an Olympic athlete, covered Team Northumbria in so many different sports and got my first news articles published in The Chronicle. Oh and weekly trips to watch the Newcastle Eagles play!

Over the past few years I’ve volunteered as a media volunteer on and off. I even made NSUTV committee this year!

I did my first presenting job in Freshers Week and it was such a laugh but gave me great experience for going out into the world!

It got me really interested in vlogging and despite my shyness, I created some vlogs over the years!

Have a little look below at some of the great stuff we got up to as part of NSU/TV:

As a person…

Volunteering- Northumbria offers so many ways for you to enhance your CV whilst having fun. I was really shy when I first started here and it took me until my final year to really open up and try a whole host of new things!

In my final year alone I’ve volunteered for the NSU’s TV channel and radio station, as well as offering up time through the community projects. We filmed freshers week, interviews with celebs and all the goings on on campus! The best part is I’ve made some fantastic like-minded friends! It’s nice to finally meet people who have such an invested interest in cameras like I do!

One of my favourite projects I’ve worked on was volunteering my time at Brysons animal shelter. We helped them sort a lot out and I’ve been going back up every week or so to help out and then walk some dogs!

I got to indulge my other hobbies through volunteering- as committee member of the Equestrian and Journalism societies. I’ve seen us go from having no team in the Stan Calvert to us doing so well this year! 

I’ve come out the other side of this degree feeling far more confident than I ever did when I started it. Switching courses was definitely the right decision for me as I feel I really have flourished as a journalism student.

I’m going to miss the fantastic facilities (the whole Adobe Suite- my good friend! and the cosy new booths in the library where I’ve spent countless hours editing) but I do plan on continuing my love affair with Sport Central Gym! I’ve recently gotten obsessed with the gym and ours is definitely one of the best. 

My confidence has grown so much since I started here and I feel far more ready to take on life after graduation now that I’ve had work experience and that my little blog is growing. 

I can’t believe it’s nearly my turn for the cap and gown- I’m kind of sad about it, but I can’t wait! I’ve had a great time here at Northumbria and will always treasure being a ‘poly’!

I have loved studying here in Newcastle and Northumbria has been home for so many years. I really hope to stay here after all of this and experience more of this wonderful city!

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