Fleet Street legend shares his views on news

11 03 2010

John Jenkins, former night editor at the Daily Telegraph, visited the office of Brighton Journalist Works yesterday. Catherine Jones, a student on the course, wrote this account.

It turns out that this fast track journalism course really is intense and I’ve had this week, what I like to call, the 8th week slump. There’s been tears, tantrums, panicking and a general doubt over my journalism ability.

Then, just as I received yet another email turning me down for work experience, John Jenkins arrived to give us a ‘headline masterclass’. But this masterclass was so much more than that, John talked us through his, frankly, legendary career with wit and energy and I could still see the wide eyed, eager, young reporter he once was.

He asked us one by one why we were here and what we had been doing giving us each a unique selling point which most of us would have never realised. From golf writers and property correspondents to autobiographical acting audition features, new doors suddenly opened and John was giving us the confidence to walk through them.

(Read more on Catherine Jones’ blog)

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