Harry Taylor – MA in Print Journalism

Harry Taylor

Why did you choose to study Journalism at Sheffield?

I’ve wanted to go into journalism for a few years, and this course offers a route into doing that The degree is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and the diploma by them is also offered on the course. NCTJ qualifications and approved courses are what editors for media organisations up and down the UK look for when recruiting new staff. The course covers the fundamentals in news writing, production, media law and ethics.

The course is structured in an optimal way for pursuing a career in journalism after you graduate. It’s very much an applied course, with everything geared towards that career, news writing, media law, ethics, production, giving you the skills that you will use every-day in the job. The course being accredited by the NCTJ shows that you’re being taught the right things, and equips you for looking for work afterwards.

The staff are brilliant, and all have a background in the media. Again, it helps to know that you’re on the right track and are being taught by people who have been there, got the t-shirt, and worn it day-in, day-out for decades.

What’s been your biggest achievement or greatest sense of personal satisfaction during your studies so far?

During the first term, I was picked as the first newsgathering editor for our Newsday’s. On those days, the people on the print and broadcast course operate the newsroom as a live-newsroom, as it would for a regional newspaper or broadcaster. At this time, I had to manage the team of 40, including reporters and social media editors.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone thinking of studying postgraduate at Sheffield?

Do it. Have a proper look at the course, and make sure it’s the one for you. The information available online gives you a good idea of what you’ll be learning, and for journalism it’s imperative that what’s on offer, is what you’re after. Speak to the tutors on any open days, or visit days, and come prepared with questions. It’s a great opportunity to fill in any gaps, and answer any questions.

How are you funding your study and living costs?

I worked full-time for two years after my undergraduate degree to save money towards postgraduate fees. The postgraduate loan from the Government also helped me pay the majority of my fees, and went towards my rent and living costs. However, there are a number of funding streams available for journalism students, such as the Journalism Diversity Fund, Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship, and Scott Trust bursary.

Find out more about postgraduate study here at The University of Sheffield.