Barrow load of fun for Joel

A student on uclan’s postgraduate newspaper journalism course has joined the North West Evening Mail in Barrow as a trainee reporter.

Joel Jackson joined the Cumbrian Newspapers title shortly after being awarded a diploma with distinction.

“The Evening Mail is a well-run and well respected local paper which is firmly rooted in the community it serves. It has very high standards of reporting and an impressive commitment to helping young journalists such as myself develop, “ said Joel.

“A little over a year ago I was stuck in a job I hated and was going nowhere. Studying journalism as a postgrad at UCLan has helped me to take the first step in a whole new career.

“I’ve only been here a short time and I’ve already used so much of what I learned on the course. From basic reporting skills, shorthand and media law, it’s hard to imagine a better preparation for a job in journalism.”

Joel joins a team which comprises several uclan alumni; Amy Fenton is the Mail’s acting news editor, her contemporary David Pickthall is a senior reporter and Rachel Hermolle is on the features desk.

“Joel proved himself to be a great reporter and writer. He had a good eye for a story and was a great all-rounder. I know, like his predecessors, he’ll be a great asset to the paper,” said course leader Delwyn Swingewood.

Mike Morrison, one of uclan’s talented undergraduate newspaper journalism students degree is working as a reporter with Blackburn’s Lancashire Telegraph. Mike was on the paper’s team before graduating.

“Mike’s success is well deserved. From the start it was clear he would make a name as a great reporter. At uclan he was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and did research for BBC’s Panorama. It was no surprise that he graduated with a fistrt class honours degree,” said tutor Delwyn Swingewood.

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