Former Journalism student Clare Butler

Clare Butler - FT Foundation Degree Broadcast Journalism

Journalist Clare Butler is a former Broadcast Journalism and NCTJ student at the college. The 24-year-old is now a reporter at the Express and Star, where she regularly sees her name on the front page!

Clare said: “I decided to study the Foundation Degree in Broadcast Journalism because I had always had a passion for media and writing and studied media studies at both GCSE and A level. It seemed to really cover all bases – offering lots of practical experience too.

“I loved my time on the course. It allowed me to do some amazing things such as work in Italy on placement and gain work experience at Top of the Pops magazine in London. It also prepared me in the best possible way for the NCTJ diploma.

“After my degree I had no doubt that I needed to do the NCTJ so I could fully get into the media world. It equips you in the best way possible – from learning about law to public affairs to (essential) shorthand. It is vital. Never did I imagine I would go on to be a real journalist writing for the UK’s biggest and best regional daily paper though!

“I started my work placement at the Express and Star in January but technically started as reporter for them in June. I love being able to tell other people’s stories. I think it is a privilege to be able to do that.

“I cover everything from fires and crashes to celebrity interviews. No day is the same and you’ve always got to be prepared to cover anything and jump in the car and head out. I write local stories and features.

“My greatest achievement so far has to be gaining my role as a reporter at the Express and Star before the end of my NCTJ year. Seeing your stories go national and walking into the supermarket and seeing your name on the front page of the paper is amazing and gives you such a buzz!

“My tip for media students would be this – what you put in is what you’ll get out. Work hard, take every opportunity that comes your way and throw yourself into stuff and you’ll do well. If you’re not bothered in putting any effort in then you’re in the wrong industry. Work hard and it’ll pay off. Oh, and learn shorthand – it is a lifesaver!”


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