BJW Graduate Catherine’s magazine plans

31 08 2010

BJW graduate Catherine Jones

Brighton Journalist Works graduate Catherine Jones got in touch with us last week.

She’s planning set up her own magazine with corporate sponsorship and says it is all down to the special teaching at BJW.

“I’ve been offered help from ITV Fixers to set up my own magazine based around
eating disorder recovery and body confidence for girls and women. I
have had a lot of interest in sponsorship etc from B-eat and Dove.  So
watch this space I guess.”

“I couldn’t have gained the confidence to take this leap without your
course. And believe it or not, I did the course to prove to myself
that I was truly recovered and could take a chance.

“So thank you very much and whether I am successful or not, I have gained a lot more than just a qualification from this course. I’ve got my drive back.”

Well done Catherine!


Sophie’s choice lands a starring role

26 08 2010
Sophie Eager

Sophie Eager

Former Brighton Journalist Works student Sophie Eager has landed her dream job as on online celebrity news writer.

After leaving sixth form, Sophie made the decision not to attend university and instead signed up for the ten-week course at Brighton Journalist Works. She found work experience on ‘Mother and Baby’, ‘Now’ magazine and a US celebrity website.

She was taken on by one of the biggest UK celebrity news and picture agencies Splash, and now aged 21, been promoted to news reporter.  Even the BBC wants to tell Sophie’s story – but she says she’s too busy to talk to them!

Read more about Sophie’s success story here

Glastonbury, Goodwood and the Pet Shop Boys

12 08 2010

Former Brighton Journalist Works student Tom Hasson has been in touch to keep us up-to-date with his career


Tom’s in there somewhere – Tweeting

Guardian Music editor Tim Jonze asked on Twitter if anyone would be going to Glastonbury this year and if they’d be willing to tweet for The Guardian Music. Tom told him he was interested (along with a couple of thousand other people).

Tim got in touch a week before the festival to say that, having visited Tom’s Twitter feed and blog, he wanted Tom to be one of the eleven people selected to take part.

Anything Tom  tweeted during the festival was shown on every article published on the Guardian’s website regarding Glastonbury. Apparently Tom attracted all manner of new followers.

The editor of Scoff! magazine (a food supplement in The Spectator) has asked if Tom will do a food blog for the magazine whilst at the Vintage At Goodwood Festival in August.

Tom wrote the Future Events section in the latest issue of Brighton’s What’s On magazine and will continue to do so.

And finally, Tom is writing for Faux magazine. In a couple of week’s time, he’ll be interviewing the Pet Shop Boys for the magazine. Whatever happens, it’s a safe bet that Tom’s career won’t be ‘Being Boring’ (geditt??).

Tom writes:

“I definitely wouldn’t have been able to do all of these things if it hadn’t been for my time at Journalist Works, so thank you! I learned a lot with you and appreciate everything that the experience taught me.”

Focus on photography

12 08 2010

Photography students

As all journalists know (and lament), a picture’s worth a thousand words. Brighton-based photographer Andrew Hasson now runs a course on “An Introduction To Freelance Photography”, at Brighton Journalist Works.

Andrew writes:

 It’s a four-day course, run over two weekends, at the offices of Brighton Journalist Works. I have built this blog to enable participants to see what their fellow-students have been up to since the courses. Please send me your published pictures and keep us all posted with what’s been going on in your careers.

More on Andrew Hasson’s Photo Course blog