NCTJ Student Case Studies
Career Destinations of Up To Speed Students
Alana Lewis has just become News Editor of the Llanelli Star. Alana joined Up To Speed as a languages graduate and worked for a newspaper in Wiltshire before joining the Star as a reporter.
Laura Herbert works as the Chief Reporter of the Wokingham Times and Bracknell Forest Standard. She joined Up To Speed straight after her A Levels and joined the Reading Post as a trainee reporter before her nineteenth birthday.
Rachel Griffiths works as a football writer for skysports.com. Rachel joined Up to Speed after taking an English degree at the University of Winchester. She got her foot in the door at Sky on a work placement.
Dominic Bryant is a news and sports reporter on the Bucks Herald. He came to Up To Speed a year after he left school and spent the intervening period travelling. After the course in Bournemouth he completed work placements with Sky Sports, talkSport and Matchbefore landing his current job.
Rebecca Greenow has just started a job as a Celebrity Writer with Reveal. She was an English graduate and then enrolled on a fast-track NCTJ course at Up To Speed. She then returned to her local newspaper, the Cambrian News to work as a trainee reporter. Her next move was to Birmingham and a job as a features writer for the Caters Agency.
Rory White works as the Used Car Writer for What Car?. This is his second job with Haymarket Publishing. Rory’s blogging, tweeting and reviewing impressed Haymarket when he completed a work placement there at the end of the Up To Speed NCTJ course. Rory has a degree in English from the University of Kent.
Jessica Bridgeman joined Up To Speed straight from school. She has spent her career writing about fashion and beauty for magazines and their websites. She’s currently writing for handbag.com
Photographers and Photojournalists
Mark Chappell worked as an IT consultant, but had a passion for photography and news photography in particular. After leaving Up To Speed he landed a role as force photographer for Thames Valley Police and one of his first jobs was to cover the Olympic Torch procession.
Rosalind Butt was a psychology graduate who enjoyed street photography and fashion. She used her NCTJ qualification to land a role as a trainee news photographer with a group of weekly newspapers in East London.
Elizabeth Wainwright had a background in publishing and an MSc in International Relations when she came to Up To Speed. Elizabeth is now using her pictorial skills as webmaster for a charity in the aid sector and is developing several documentary projects while working there.
Other Career Destinations
Some of our students use the skills and qualifications they gain on our courses to work in related sectors. These include politics, Public Relations, Social Media and Marketing.
Henry Wallers joined Up To Speed with a degree in International Politics from the University of Leeds. After a work placement with the website Politics Home he joined the City PR Firm Smithfield as an Account Manager.
James Bass spent a couple of years chasing cars as Assistant Race Editor of Motorsports News. He is now an Account Manager for Kaos Europe PR.
Laura Allard is an ardent Formula One blogger with over ten thousand followers seeing her tweets on race days. She combines this with a PR and Social Media role with a beauty firm on the Isle of Wight.
Emily Chettle uses her journalism skills in her role as Communications Manager for the interior decor company Farrow and Ball.
Jonathan Moore joined up Up To Speed as a graduate with a love of travel, sport and politics. He now works a Senior Political Analyst for DeHavilland in Westminster.
Former Up To Speed Student Wows BGT
Former Up To Speed student Alice Fredenham is being tipped for stardom after making a huge impression on Simon Cowell and his fellow judges at the end of the first episode. And you can find out what one of Alice’s former classmates made of the show by reading celebrity writer Becky Greenow’s coverage in Reveal below.