School of Computing, Media & the Arts

Student views

Jemma Ferguson-Gale

Jemma came to Teesside as a mature student, and is gaining excellent work experience.

Jemma Ferguson-Gale

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism

I now have experience from a national magazine, a well-respected PR company and experience from University working on T-Side (The University Newspaper).

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

I had always wanted to go to University but at 18 I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I finally took the plunge and started University at the age of 30. I have a passion for magazines, so I knew I wanted to study journalism. I chose Teesside University because it is closest to where I live. I have two children, so I need to be close to home. I researched Teesside on their website and their journalism courses seemed pretty impressive. The Multimedia Journalism course seemed to offer a wide range of skills, which would boost my job prospects. It can lead to careers in marketing and PR as well as traditional journalism. I was also impressed by the journalism facilities and the experience that the lecturers all have.

What’s the course like?

The course is led by experienced journalists from the world of TV, newspapers, magazines and radio. The contacts the team can help you make are amazing, and they actively seek out opportunities to help you progress your career.

My social life has been great. As a mature student I wasn’t sure what to expect as lots of the students are a lot younger than me, but everyone is so welcoming and I have made lots of great friends already.

At the end of my first year I was delighted to win Lifestyle and Fashion Reporter of the Year at Teesside University’s Journalism Awards. The prize was a week’s work experience at The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine. I cannot express enough how much of a dream come true this was for me. I am passionate about magazines and my ambition is to work for a high end magazine when I graduate. I was a little daunted at the prospect but I knew I couldn’t turn down such a fantastic opportunity. The week at Fabulous was amazing. I have written about it for the Media@Teesside blog – here is the link:

http://blogs.tees.ac.uk/mediaplacementsprojects/2015/09/17/my-week-at-fabulous-magazine/

I also did a six-week placement at Harvey & Hugo PR in the summer, which was an amazing experience. I learnt a lot about social media management, press releases, blogs, and WordPress. Harvey & Hugo are a really forward thinking organisation with an extremely positive team who work exceptionally hard for their clients. It gave me a real insight into the world of PR and I know the experience will look great on my CV.

Before I started my degree I had no media experience whatsoever. I now have experience from a national magazine, a well-respected PR company and experience from University working on T-Side (The University Newspaper). I have no doubt that this experience will help me get a great job when I graduate. I think you get out what you put in and if you are willing to put in the work and do work experience you will experience the benefits.