Are you set to have a career in journalism?

If you’re a fan of writing, are naturally inquisitive and love to tell a good story, journalism is probably the perfect career for you. 

If you’ve recently applied to study on our superb Journalism degree, you might be wondering what opportunities lie ahead for you come graduation.  Following the growth of digital media, it’s a sector that’s seen a lot of change in recent years. In fact, the recent digital evolution has helped to create a buoyant sector with an abundance of opportunities to forge out a successful journalistic career

By looking at a number of graduate profiles, this blog will give you an insight into how a Journalism degree from Chester can help shape you into a highly employable graduate.


Angling for a good story?

The global tuna industry is worth billions of pounds each year, and Chester journalism graduate Molly Johnson is at the heart of it.

Molly graduated in 2013 and left the UK almost immediately to work for - the world’s leading website offering news to the tuna industry, based in Tilburg in the Netherlands.

Molly was also awarded the Warrington Guardian Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Journalism at the University’s 2013 Valedictory ceremony.

Molly, originally from Shrewsbury, said: “It all seems very strange, specific, and to some even comical, but I am gaining a lot of experience writing up to six news stories a day for an internationally read website while also learning the ins and outs of a global business and how to analyse statistics.”


Steven’s Colombian news venture

The Colombian capital Bogota is a city that generates an enormous amount of news, and one Chester journalism graduate has his finger on the pulse.

Steven Grattan is News Editor and Co-Founder of the Bogota Post, an English-language newspaper in the city. He has covered a string of important stories for the paper, ranging from the best places to eat in the city through to an interview with Martin McGuiness.

Originally from Ireland, he has travelled widely and honed his skills at the Phnom Penh Post. He is also a lecturer in International Journalism at the University of Rosario.


Samantha’s feature in The Guardian

Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne recently featured in the Guardian for her work with the Knowle West Media Project. The project is an arts organisation and charity based in Bristol that's been supporting individuals and communities to get the most out of digital technologies and the arts since 1996.

For Samantha, who graduated from the University of Chester with a degree in Journalism and English Literature, that means providing exciting and relevant ways for people to get involved in community activism, education, employment and local decision-making.

She has also written several stories for the Bristol Post, freelances for Aerian Studios, Noisy Little Monkey, Pitchmark, and acts as a PR, social media consultant and marketing professional.


Join our network of successful alumni

Should you decide to study Journalism at Chester, within three years you could be joining our network of successful alumni, forging out your very own career in journalism.  We’ll give you an experience where you’ll have plenty of practice writing news reports and features, as well as several opportunities for gaining valuable work experience.  With a heavy emphasis on the use of electronic media, the Journalism course will allow you to develop a wide range of journalistic skills and build up a rich portfolio of material.  All in all, it should be a highly rewarding experience that potential employers are impressed with too.

If you’d like to read more news from the Department of Media, including details of a recent field trip to the Crown Courts in Chester, you can see more within our news archive.  And, if you have applied and have received an offer from us, you can visit us at one of our forthcoming Applicant Days.

Hope to see you soon.