Media and Journalism Careers Evening

Year 10-13 pupils heard from three excellent speakers at the Careers in Media and Journalism event, learning much about this exciting and rapidly changing field.

After the event, Olivia in Year 12 said, "this was an extremely eye opening careers event, especially as journalism is one of my possible future career paths. It has inspired me to take initiative to find related work. All three speakers were highly influential and gave engaging talks which allowed me to develop a glimpse into the reality of journalism."

Katrina Fleet, a communications officer with Wiltshire Police shared her career pathway following a degree in Media and Communications in 2014. In an engaging and accessible manner, Katrina outlined her career journey with Wiltshire Police where she works as a Communications Officer for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. She now works in the digital communications team with a focus on social media, which provides Wiltshire residents with police and crime updates from their local officers. Katrina offered invaluable advice on the benefits and perils of using social media platforms and its possible effects on job interview success! She also championed the importance of work placements, highlighting her own placement working as an Editorial Assistant in Bristol with Immediate Media.

With a long career in journalism and communications behind him, Paul Deal had a wealth of stories and insights from his years working with BBC television and national news media. He also talked about his route in to journalism; explaining how he created his own lucky breaks through his twin interests of speedway racing and writing. Paul is now part of the communications team at Wiltshire Police in 2010 and was part of a multi-agency communications team made up of the blue light services and the army during the London Olympics in 2012.

Ian Waller, Editor, The Bath and Wiltshire Parent shared his 34 years of journalistic experience which began on the local Melksham News, where he covered every role from writing and photography to developing the film, helping with the layout and even getting on his bike and delivering the paper. He founded a student newspaper while at college before moving into a career in magazine journalism. He has written for a huge variety of magazines, ranging in topics from caravans to guitars, weddings to travel, aeroplanes to cross-stitch, including eight months in South Africa working part-time for a Cape Town publishing company. He has written for the Bath & Wiltshire Parent since it was launched in 2008, buying the magazine and taking over as editor three years ago.

Evie commented "I thought the speakers were very inspirational. I had no idea how many skills went into journalism and I really enjoyed talking to them to find out more afterwards."

Anthony Curtis, Head of Careers, said "this was an excellent evening which shone a light into both media and journalism as career paths. We would like to sincerely thank all speakers for their time and for sharing their considerable expertise with us. I was also very impressed with the range and detail of the student's questions during the plenary at the end of the evening."