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Matty Jones

Matty studied multimedia journalism and is now a Freelance Broadcast Journalist for BBC Tees

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism

The tutors did their utmost to help me forge a career and find work experience placements, which helped me build a range of contacts.

Matty Jones

Why Teesside University?

This course offered the knowledge and skills to equip me to work in a fast-changing industry like journalism. I wanted to immerse myself in the multimedia aspects of the course and I’m so glad I did – I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

There are no boundaries to the type of work you can do. I could explore different routes such as broadcast journalism and online journalism.

The tutors did their utmost to help me forge a career and find work experience placements, which helped me build a range of contacts. They recognise how important it is to get out there and keep ourselves busy.

Did you get involved in anything else?

I worked on the student radio station – it was so much fun. I explored how radio stations distribute their news, learnt how to be a skilled audio editor, and I had some fun along the way playing music and chatting to friends on air. It helped me into the career I have today.

What did you learn?

I developed a range of skills that help in my current role, most importantly interviewing techniques and how to crowdsource interviews and contributors to stories. I also learnt how to communicate with people inside and outside the industry. Building contacts is an essential part of being a good journalist and the course emphasises this.

It has helped me build an understanding of other people. The course focuses on how important it is to build a relationship and communicate effectively with your interviewee.

Tell us about your University experience

The whole experience was great. I met friends for life and got to spend time with people who have a wealth of experience and knowledge within journalism – it was really inspiring. And the town has a lot to offer and a great nightlife.

What are you doing now?

I work as a freelance broadcast journalist for BBC Tees, mostly as a sport journalist but occasionally as a reporter in the news team or as a presenter.

Every day is different and that’s what’s brilliant about the job. I read the sports news for the breakfast or drive-time show, and spend my time in between gathering interviews and producing content for the evening sports show.

What advice would you give to someone considering Teesside University?

Teesside University opens a lot of doors and creates opportunities. Middlesbrough is a town that’s on the up for innovation and business and the University is central to that. Be open minded about what to expect – you never know what job you might land.