Media students pick up some good leads from the editors

More than 100 media students from London universities learnt from the experience of Fleet Street editors and journalists at a London Press Club event.

The “So you want to be a journalist…” event gave advice to the students on media courses at the universities of City, UCL, Westminster, Goldsmith, Brunel as well as Press Association and News Associates training courses.

The event was organised by the London Press Club in association with the Media Society and held at Northcliffe House in Kensington, offices of the Mail group including Metro, Evening Standard, the Independent and i.

London Press Club chairman Doug Wills, who is also managing editor of the Evening Standard and Independent, told the students that the business of publishing on all platforms from print to mobiles had never been stronger. There was a demand for good, enthusiastic editorial recruits. His advice to the students: Apply.

On the panel giving advice and stories of their experiences were:

  • Peter Clifton, Editor in chief Press Association
  • Will Gore, Executive Editor The Independent
  • Mark Wray, Managing Director of PA Training
  • Jeannette Arnold, assistant managing editor Evening Standard
  • Graham Dudman, executive of News Associates Training

Former BBC journalist and now City university Media lecturer Barnie Jones chaired the panel and Q&As from the students.

Among those joining the networking evening were Group Managing Editor of Mail newspapers Alex Bannister; Managing Editor of Mail on Sunday John Wellington; Managing Editor of i newspaper Ben Clissitt; and former editor and newspaper executive Roger Alton along with reporters from the Daily Mail and Evening Standard.

Richard Dymond

Honorary Treasurer and Director of the London Press Club and the London Press Club Ball.

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