Jenny says that her three years spent at UCLan studying journalism taught her the basics, which became vital in her career. “It taught me how to find a good news story, how to be inquisitive, how to draw out answers in an interview and how to be versatile in any area of journalism, be it subbing, taking photos or writing music reviews.
“The course was highly respected at the time which gave me the advantage over other students competing for work experience and job opportunities.”
She thinks the secret to success in an industry where there aren’t as many jobs as there were previously is becoming a true multimedia journalist - “Get work experience and muck in!”
“Have a specialism, but make sure you are multi-skilled enough that you can turn your hand to most jobs. Show that you can write, take a photo, film raw footage, edit video, be prepared to go on air if needs be, use social media and know how to sell your stories.
“Do work experience - but don't let them use you! During my holidays I worked at The Manchester Evening News - I'm certain this gained me my first job. Two work experience shifts working for Radio Manchester gained me my first real BBC job. Don't do it forever, just enough so that you're learning and it looks good on your CV.
“Always be prepared to make the tea - I did it backstage at Reading Festival three years running, even though I had eight years in the business. A truly amazing experience, never beneath me! As cheesy as it sounds - enjoy it!”