05 August 2013
A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) journalism graduate has enjoyed a double celebration.
On the day Emily Childs graduated with a first class honours degree she heard she’d landed a traineeship with Britain’s most popular newspaper, The Sun.
Emily fought off competition from hundreds of other applicants to win one of four places on the paper’s graduate scheme.
She said: “Being given the chance to work for the biggest and best selling newspaper in the country is fantastic, and I feel very fortunate to get the opportunity to work with so many experienced journalists."
“Getting the news on my graduation day was just the icing on the cake and I can’t wait to get started.”
At UCLan Emily was not only a star performer in class but also developed her passion for journalism by working on the student newspaper and helping launch the Preston Messenger an independent website.
She joined two University sponsored journalism trips to Kenya where she was also instrumental in setting up a health charity for girls and young women.
Course Leader Delwyn Swingewood said: “Emily was the sort of student who always pushed herself to get that little extra for the story; she even built a mini-turbine for a memorable feature on wind-farms. Her hard work has deservedly brought her success.”
She joins an ever growing number of UCLan alumni who went straight to The Sun after finishing their courses at Preston. They include Dean Scoggins on the sports desk, Andy Halls with showbusiness, and Andy Snell, Jake Ryan and Mark Hudson on news.
Alistair Stafford, one of Emily’s contemporaries on the newspaper journalism route, won a place on the BBC Kick Off trainee scheme. Sports-mad Alistair who’s done work experience with Sky News is enjoying an eight week placement on his home turf with BBC Radio Suffolk.