Danielle ‘Starting Out’ in Journalism

Third year journalism student Danielle Hayden has had her first paid piece of work published, in the Magazine of the National Union of Journalists.Danielle

Danielle’s feature ‘Starting Out’ is published in the March/April 2015 issue of the NUJ trade union magazine that is read by 38,000 members across the UK.

In her piece Danielle explains how she has taken part-time work whilst completing her studies on the BA (Hons) Journalism course at Sheffield Hallam University. In the last two years she has had work published by the Sheffield Star and the online e-newspaper, The Yorkshire Times.

‘This is my dream and I’m chasing it because the harder I work the, the luckier I will get,’ she said.

‘And journalism needs people like me. I’m not a rich kid who can afford an unpaid internship. I’m from an ordinary working class background in Rotherham.

‘My lucky break was getting to do journalism at SHU, where I’ve had the chance to take opportunities and learn skills from amazing lecturers.’

Senior lecturer Dr David Clarke who teaches Danielle on the undergraduate Media Law module, said: ‘Danielle’s commitment to a career in journalism and her hard work in gaining work experience and getting published is inspiration for all our students.

‘Her success just goes to show why 93% of our students said they were satisfied with the journalism course in the National Student Survey last year.’


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