Scott Groom, BA (Hons) Journalism
Choosing Journalism at Derby
I was initially undecided as to what I wanted to do when I first started Sixth Form, but once I knew that journalism was the career path for me then university became the obvious choice.
Choosing Derby was also an obvious choice for me, as they had everything to offer in terms of getting me to the level required to step into industry upon graduating.
Great facilities and exceptional support
The facilities are incredible for the Journalism course; with industry standard television and radio studios and a newsroom.
Derby has staff that have come out of the media straight into lecturing roles. They have all been fantastic over the course of my degree and provided me with help and guidance along the way to help me realise my potential.
Learning for the real world of Journalism
The course can be quite hectic in the sense that you get to cover all forms of media, which helps to set you up in the real world of Journalism. It's easy to see why you are taught the topics that you are, as when you do work placements and internships, you really see the transferable skills come into play.
Highlights and challenges
One of the most rewarding things about the Journalism course is that you get to make something and have an end product at the end of your work to showcase to everyone. Whether that's a feature for a newspaper, a radio documentary or a television news story, the end product is really satisfying.
However, the struggle to get there is perhaps one of the greatest challenges. Journalism is an area where you really have to work at what you want, and that’s never truer than when putting a news story together. But as I said, the end product makes the blood, sweat and tears worth it.
I really enjoyed my time at Derby and like to think that I made the most out of it, both on a personal and academic level. It's a place to come if you want to be at a thriving university that's only getting better and the city is good fun too.
Derby is a great springboard for any aspiring journalist as they offer great facilities, expert staff and a great learning environment, as well as a fun city to call home while you're here. No matter what you want to study, there is the perfect course for you here in Derby.