Hannah Dodsworth

Hannah's work placement opened her eyes to see that journalism isn’t restricted to just media.

BA (Hons) Journalism

I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone. So much so my younger brother is now studying here and loving it too.

Hannah Dodsworth

What placement did you undertake as part of your course?

I worked in the PR department at James Cook University Hospital and learnt so much in such a short space of time. It was great to apply what I had been learning at University to the workplace and to find that my degree was not just restricted to a media based organisation.

What did you like most about it?

I enjoyed working with so many different types of people and having something new to do each day. My projects ranged from filming patient experience videos to staff training videos and script writing for adverts for the Trust. I got to do things I would never normally have had the chance to, such as filming in theatre while staff were operating.

What did you learn from the placement?

I learnt a lot about being in the workplace, and I also learnt a lot about myself and how I handle pressure in a working environment. It opened my eyes to see that journalism isn’t restricted to just media but that there is so much more you can do. I was given an amazing experience at the hospital and it’s a placement I would highly recommend to anyone who isn’t quite sure what area they want to go into.

Where are you currently working?

I'm currently interning with Daisy Chain, a charity which works with those affected by autism.

What do you enjoy about your role?

I love getting involved behind the scenes and getting to meet new people. Part of my role includes interviewing all kinds of service users, including parents, young adults and children. I'm also involved in gathering content for social media, blogs and the website.

How did you get into your current job? Was it your first position following graduation?

Straight after graduating I took a media intern position in Cambodia. I worked at a jewellery company called Penh Lenh, who work alongside young, at risk, marginalised women in Phnom Penh. I was involved in the communications side of Penh Lenh, and also moved into a position of English and life skills teacher. After returning home I applied to Daisy Chain through Teesside University’s graduate internship scheme, and fortunately got the position.

How did studying journalism at Teesside help you to get where you are now?

My studies definitely helped me progress and build my confidence and interview techniques. I talk to new people every day, ensuring they feel comfortable and are able to open up to me about very personal experiences. Studying journalism definitely helped with this. I also use shorthand every day. Shorthand is so useful when I'm interviewing at work. This was something which took a long time to develop and I really had to stick at it. I had an amazing teacher who was always so helpful and was right when she said it was a skill I'd keep using after University.

Would you recommend studying journalism at Teesside and if so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone. So much so my younger brother is now studying here and loving it too. The staff are great and were such a support over my three years at University.

Any favourite moments from your time studying?

I think my favourite thing was getting involved with a trip to Poland. Not only did I get the chance to learn all about history, but I also got to understand another culture too. It was a great, eye opening experience, and extremely emotional but so valuable too.