"Thanks so much for the course. It was instrumental in helping me to secure, what has turned out to be, a long term features role at the Berkshire Media Group working across all titles and on a wide range of magazines. In my current role I also mentor our junior reporters in feature writing and basic sub editing. The teaching at the Journalist Works was excellent and I have no hesitation in recommending this route to others."
Judith Edwards, Reading Chronicle and Slough Observer
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I began at Brighton Journalist Works in January 2011 and within a matter of months was working at Q Magazine as a staff writer. It was a bit of a gamble committing to the course – would journalism be for me? – but I'm now adamant that signing up for the intensive course was the best thing I ever did. I went in a chancing blogger and emerged an intrepid writer, also trained in sub-editing, media law and public affairs. I could never have even imagined without the help of Paula, Louisa and all the staff at Journalist Works that I would end up contributing reviews, features and editorial content to one of the country’s biggest music magazines.
Al Horner, Q magazine
When I turned up for my first day at Brighton Journalist Works I still wasn’t completely sure what ‘subbing’ involved. I think I even tried to change the font size on the first piece I worked on, to try to make the copy fit. I was working as a waitress at the time, writing for a couple of local papers on the side — and just excited about the prospect of a job where I didn’t come home smelling of beer and gravy every day. Eight very short months later I’ve been offered the junior sub-editor position at Men’s Health magazine, and I honestly can’t wait to get to work every morning.
Scarlett Wrench, Men’s Health magazine
This time last year I was temping in an insurance office – slowly dying in front of a spreadsheet and making a trip to the coffee machine the highlight of my day. I had to take a paperclip off every bundle of work that landed on my desk, and by the time I quit to join the Brighton Journalist Works I’d managed to fill five plastic cups. A few hectic months of lessons, exams and internships later found me working as a freelance writer for Total Film magazine. Sure, talking to movie stars and going to glitzy premieres is all good fun – but I’m never going to get those paperclips back.
Paul Bradshaw, Total Film magazine
Shortly after I left Brighton Journalist Works in April I was lucky enough to land a position with the Crawley News. I had no previous experience other than what I'd learnt on the course but after impressing the editor while on work experience at a sister paper I was handed a trial. Proof that hard work and initiative mean far more to an editor than what's on your CV.
Since then I have found myself thrown in at the deep end. Fortunately I found I can swim far better in a metaphor than I can in reality.
Being a reporter is an amazing job. In six months I've covered a wide range of stories. I've found myself challenging a toothless pensioner to a "gurn off" for a feature; I've photographed an immigration raid by the UK Border Agency; and I've found myself travelling half way across the country to interview with a man who was tortured for more than three days at a house in Crawley.
I think it will be a long time before the thrill of seeing my name on the front page begins to dull. I felt a bit out of my depth for the first couple of months but you learn as you go and everything you are taught at the Journalist Works will give you enough to get started. The rest is up to you.
David Comeau, Crawley News
I won the NCTJ Scoop of the Year prize while on the course. This is such an achievement for me and I have Brighton Journalist Works to thank for it. I am now freelancing for the Press Association and The Standard.
Juliet Conway, London Standard
The work experience Brighton Journalist Works sorted out for me at the Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine became a full-time freelance contract. After a while there I landed my job on Sky magazine. It was a great course – and the work experience in invaluable.
Emma Laurence, Sky magazine
The course gave me all of the skills and all of the confidence to apply for the job and to do the job when I got here. I know how to talk to journalists and write good press releases.
Gemma Nethersole, Press Officer, Worthing Theatres
At the age of 18, I took the brave decision to throw myself straight into the world of Journalism. I was a quiet and shy college girl with a modest Saturday job at a card shop, feeling my only way to succeed in life was by getting a degree at University. Finding the Journalist Works course filled me with hope. I was stubborn, passionate and eager to pursue the career I have always wanted to do without being years down the track and in thousands of pounds worth of debt.
It was a whirlwind 10 weeks, but the dedicated tutors taught me more in that short time than any other time in my life. It was a whole new world and my options were now open- I had experiences reporting, sub-editing, a perfected CV, invaluable interview skills as well as an impressive portfolio under my belt. It was that that enabled me to get the first job I applied for with Johnston Press working in the subbing hub based in Horsham.
I have been with Sussex newspapers for almost a year now and going to work is never a chore. I'm getting paid to do something I love and I'm gaining more and more experience surrounded by experienced colleagues who help and guide me every day. I came out a confident young lady with qualifications, commitment and a bright future ahead. People don't believe me when I say I work in the Journalism industry because I look too young, but I can live with that! It's tough out there getting a job and with uni fees on the up, young people my age are struggling. It was risky putting all my eggs in one basket and following my dream, but it was the best decision I ever made.
Jasmin Martin, West Sussex County Times
Just thought you might like to know that this week I started my new job as Deputy Chief Sub Editor here at Time Out.
I feel now that I’m at the sort of level I wanted to be at by this stage. Although I knew I would have to work twice as hard as everyone else due to my extreme career change, I know that I couldn’t have done it without the course at Journalist Works – so thanks.
Euan Ferguson, Time Out magazine
After graduating from Sussex University with a degree in English Literature and Film Studies, I worked in TV production before deciding I was more interested in print journalism. I completed my NCTJ course at Journalist Works in 2009, and then found a job as an editorial assistant at the Institute of Directors, an international business organisation. Working on publications for its membership, I had the opportunity to write and sub-edit while also assisting the rest of the publishing team. I was then made assistant editor of one of its publications, and was responsible for managing content and workflow alongside writing and editing. In 2011 I joined Harrods Magazine as a sub-editor, and now work across its monthly magazine, supplements and quarterly publications, print advertising campaigns and digital newsletters.
Nicola Corfield, Harrods magazine
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