Perisha Kudhail, Dean Kirby, and David Collins during a panel (L), Shingi Maraike with trainees (R)
“First of all, work out what it is you love, where you want to work, the kind of place you want to work, and the kind of stories you want to cover,” she says. “Once you’ve worked that out, go and explore that organisation or that department or that area and find out who the audiences are that they are trying to attract.
“Research those audiences, look at the kind of stories they want, and then keep your ears and eyes open and look for those stories in the world around you.”
Be Proactive And Make Yourself Known
David Collins is the northern editor at The Sunday Times, an outlet he joined in 2015 as an investigative reporter. Since starting at The Sunday Times, he has won multiple awards for his investigative journalism.
He echoes Rachel and emphasises the importance of making yourself seen. “My number one tip is to work out where you want to work, what type of journalism you want to do, and then go and chase down that publication, that broadcaster, that editorial department,” he says. “Get in there and do an internship to get work experience, because that is what employers look for.”