“The teachers at BJW were inspiring and helped me gain the confidence and qualifications I needed for a journalism career.”

Roxy Freeman, BJW graduate, freelance journalist and novelist

PICTURE BY CIARAN McCRICKARD/CONNORS 05/08/2007 / WEB USE BY NEGOTIATION - THOUSANDS FLOCK TO COOL OFF ON BRIGHTON BEACH AS TEMPERATURES REMAIN HIGH OVER THE WEEKEND.SARAH BOOKER-LEWIS

Social media, online, shorthand, copy clinics

Sarah has worked extensively as a reporter and website and social media manager. She currently manages social media for Officreche.

Top tip: Know your patch. Know the people. Go to the opening of an envelope and you will build up your contacts.

SHEENA CAMPBELL

Shorthand, copy clinics

Sheena is a freelance journalist and copy editor who previously worked for Johnston Press.

Top tip: Turn up, put the work in and be proactive about getting stories.

CHRIS CHANDLER

Essential journalism, court reporting

A former deputy editor of The Argus, Chris now runs his own editing and design company.

Top tip: Apply rigour and self-discipline, do the work to deadline, do not let anything drift.

KAREN DUGDALE

Public affairs, pre-diploma courses

As a freelance journalist Karen has written articles for The Guardian, The Observer and The Times, among others.

Top tip: One of the best qualities would-be journalists can have is good observation skills – the ability to spot a story relies on noticing its potential; you cannot do that if you go around with your eyes closed.

“The tutors’ combination of industry insight and enthusiasm helped me move seamlessly into the editorial and news writing career I wanted.”

Anita Isalska, BJW graduate, travel writer

LOUISA HANNAH

Essential journalism

Louisa has worked on a variety of magazines and newspapers as reporter, chief reporter and deputy editor. She has been teaching NCTJ journalism for the past 15 years.

Top tip: Be nosy, full of ideas and volunteer for everything.

RICHARD LINDFIELD

Public affairs, mobile phone journalism, broadcast journalism

Richard is currently weekend news editor at Heart.

Top tip: Turn up, put the hours in and get out there and unearth those stories.

RUTH LUMLEY

Shorthand

Ruth is a freelance journalist, copywriter and social media manager for BJW who previously worked for the Press Association.

Top tip: Put the work in and use shorthand at every opportunity once you are out in the field. Putting the effort in early will mean success later on. Once you have got it, you will not lose it.

CAROLINE NORTH

Essential Journalism

Caroline’s varied career has taken her from Reader’s Digest to Radio Four via MTV and Radio Bejing.

Top tip: Never stop being curious and never stop talking to people.  Put yourself out of your comfort zone and take the plunge.

“The training and teaching were top class. It was straightforward and no-nonsense and taught us everything we needed to know.”

Laurence Smith, BJW graduate, reporter, West Sussex County Times

PETE TAYLOR

Media law, court reporting, production journalism

Feature writer and sub-editor for newspapers and magazines. Pete has been teaching law and production journalism for ten years.

Top tip: Read. Read good writers. Especially read good writers who are writing about writing.

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