From Political Correspondent for BBC News to Director at communications agency: Jonathan's journey

Jonathan Blake followed advice from industry professionals who recommended he studied at the University of Central Lancashire as he wanted to kickstart a career in broadcast journalism.

Having chosen the postgraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism, Jonathan found that he learnt a lot in a short space of time. He said: “I was under some pressure to produce work of a professional standard and felt a huge sense of satisfaction when it worked out well.”

Following graduation, Jonathan worked for Key 103 and Magic 1152 in Manchester before relocating to London. He then continued his career at LBC and Heart 106.2. After his stint in the commercial sector, Jonathan started work at BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat as a Broadcast Journalist. He reported on stories from around the country, presented summaries and planned future news items. During his time there, Jonathan’s roles included US Reporter, Technology Reporter and Political Editor.

"I’ve found what I learned at UCLan invaluable, and often the knowledge and experience I picked up have put me in a great position to take on challenges."

Jonathan Blake, MA Broadcast Journalism alumnus

In 2010, Jonathan presented a teen news and current affairs programme called Revealed, prior to moving to BBC News to work as a news correspondent, reporting for all outlets, including Radio 4, Five Live and the World Service. At the same time, he also covered jobs for the Washington Reporter and Brussels Reporter.

Jonathan then worked as Political Correspondent for BBC News where you would often find him on location at Westminster.

After twenty years of working in journalism, Jonathan decided it was time for a change and a new challenge as he joined Headland Consultancy, a strategic communications agency. He was appointed to the role of Director in September 2023. As part of the Leadership Communications Coaching Practice, Jonathan works with a broad range of clients to help them prepare for media interviews, speaking engagements and improve their communication skills in general. "It’s fascinating work that allows me to pass on some of the experience I’ve gained in front of the camera and behind the mic. It's surprising how many transferrable skills you have as a journalist and how valuable they can be to others who are keen to learn how to communicate more effectively." Jonathan said.

Giving advice to prospective broadcast journalists, Jonathan advised: "Listen to, watch and read as much news coverage as you can and decide what you like and don’t like, and why. It will help you work out where you should be aiming to work."

MA Broadcast Journalism graduate, Jonathan Blake
MA Broadcast Journalism graduate, Jonathan Blake