Former student Kyle Caldwell is now deputy editor of the UK's leading personal finance and investment magazine, Money Observer. He joined in April 2016 from the Daily Telegraph, where he was a personal finance reporter.
Kyle began his career as a student at the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 after enrolling onto the BA (Hons) Journalism course. He said:
“It gave me all the ingredients to be a journalist, including how to interview and write in an engaging way.”
Kyle graduated from UCLan in July 2010 with a 2:1 and from there his career took off. While studying, he did some work experience with The Southport Champion, which helped him find his life’s calling - financial journalism.
Reflecting on his time at UCLan, Kyle explained why he chose the course he studied. He said:
“It was NCTJ accredited and I didn’t want to do just a media studies course, because I think if you want to be a journalist, you need to do a journalism course.”
After graduation, Kyle went on to work for national newspaper the Daily Telegraph as a personal finance writer, which he described as a ‘busier daily pace’ to his current job, but believes that this helped him become the journalist he is today. He said:
“The amount of words I write on a daily and weekly basis has fallen. As a deputy editor, it is part of my job to edit and also figure out where to take the magazine and its general direction.
“I moved from a reporter position at a national to a deputy editor position at a consumer magazine, because I felt I was at the stage of my career where I needed to add more strings to my bow.”
When asked about who inspired him during his time at UCLan, Kyle said that it was journalism lecturers Julie Freer and Delwyn Swingewood. He said:
“Delwyn really pushed me to write a snappy intro and that’s something I try to achieve in every article and feature that I write.’
In light of his recent appointment, Kyle noticed a significant change in his work day. He said:
“It’s a monthly magazine, so day-to-day we write a couple of pieces a day for the website, a mixture of news and analysis.
At the start of the cycle - my editor and I are planning what we want in the magazine, commissioning freelance features and then I am writing a couple of features myself. Boosting our online presence is a big focus. We have three newsletters each week, which feature various investment ideas and tips.
He added: “You are taking on a much higher role and overseeing more.”
As a deputy editor, Kyle explained what made him pursue a journalism career in the first place. He said:
“This might sound weird, but I got my name in the paper once when I was 14 through football and my mum told all our neighbours about it, and as I quite liked appearing in the paper, that sparked my interest!”
Kyle’s advice to would-be journalists is to “get yourself a specialism and then try and become the best in your field” because when applying for journalism jobs in London, he found that they required expertise in specialist areas. He said:
“Journalism is extremely competitive and everyone wants to be a generalist reporter, covering day to day national or local news. I think it is best to get yourself a specialism and try to make a name for yourself in the field.”