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March 11, 2021

University of Kent MA Multimedia Journalism graduate lands great journalism job

University of KentAn MA Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Kent has just landed a job as an overnight reporter for

University of Kent GraduateThe successful former Kent student – Oliver Trapnell – credits “top class” facilities, “incredible” support and “continuous feedback” at the University of Kent’s Centre for Journalism (CFJ) for his career success.

Oliver graduated from his MA in Multimedia Journalism at Kent in 2020 with a 1st. Before his postgraduate studies he completed an Anthropology degree at the University of Kent, but developed a passion for travel blogging while studying abroad in Japan, this was when he realised he wanted to be a journalist. He explains, “I started researching universities that taught journalism as a masters and landed on Kent. I was taken in by the staff and facilities, both of which I thought were excellent.”

He describes CFJ as a close-knit community where he felt respected as a journalist. He says, “The rate of my improvement was so extreme that comparing my abilities at the start and end of my time at Kent was like night and day. It was a space for experimentation where I could try different styles and ideas and, having immediate feedback on those ideas, drove me to keep trying new things and learn from my mistakes. I had a great bond with everyone on my course and ultimately every day was a blast.”

Oliver enjoyed the sense of gratification he got from working on his NCTJ accreditation alongside his university studies. He enthuses, “The facilities at Kent are top class. At CFJ, we had state of the art computers and software on which to practice our skills. I learned very quickly after I left university that employers really value skills in these areas, and so I was incredibly privileged to have the chance to use them while studying. CFJ also has great radio and TV equipment, which really helped me make the most out of the modules available.”

The course exceeded Oliver’s expectations: ‘”I learned a great deal about what it means to be and thrive as a journalist. I had incredible support from the lecturers who were able to give me advice and guidance both in and out of the classroom. My news writing skills improved drastically, and I can attribute that to having continuous feedback on my writing, television and radio work.”

Read more about Oliver’s experience at the University of Kent.

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Content added on 11th March 2021. 

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