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Zoe Beaty

Lincolnshire, UK

BA (Hons) Journalism


The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) accreditation and the University campus attracted Zoe Beaty to Sunderland’s BA (Hons) Journalism course. Zoe, from Lincolnshire, was able to graduate with a good knowledge and skill set in magazine and news journalism and a full set of NCTJ qualifications. She also had the chance to try specialist subjects such as fashion.

The great tutors, being encouraged to go as far as I could when dreaming up seemingly unattainable ideas, and producing the features, were the things I enjoyed the most,” says Zoe.

Before graduating, Zoe started working at North News and Pictures – writing news and features for national newspapers and women’s weekly magazines. By 2011 she was promoted to Deputy Editor/Chief Reporter, during which time she managed the team and ran the news desk when the Editor was away.

Zoe then moved to London to take a staff features writer job at Grazia magazine.

“I’m currently trying to improve my writing skills and broaden my skills set with a view to becoming a senior writer and, eventually, an editor.”

Having experience in both news and magazine journalism, plus skills in law and shorthand from studying for NCTJ exams have really helped Zoe in her career.

“I took both routes, which set me apart from other candidates and proved essential in my first job” said Zoe. “Also, the invaluable (and honest) advice and feedback, encouragement and support that the tutors provided. Julie Bradford and Alex Lockwood made all the difference to my degree.”

When asked what advice she would give to new students, Zoe said: “Push yourself harder than you really want to, get your shorthand and get as much hands on work experience as possible. And speak to your tutors – they’re very, VERY clever. Steal as much of their knowledge as you can whilst you still have them."

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