Zahra Clembinston

Zahra Clembintson

Why did you choose to study your degree at the University of Leeds?

I liked how the course was a mix of academic and practical modules and accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council. I was also attracted by the option to do a practical journalism portfolio final year project as opposed to a traditional dissertation, something other courses I considered didn’t offer.

What opportunities did you take advantage of while studying here?

I was a member of Leeds Student Television and Leeds Student Radio. I also took Sociology Discovery Modules, allowing me to continue studying something I enjoyed at A-level. Additionally, I did work experience at TV production company True North, BBC Look North, and social action charity Angel of Youths, and wrote for online publications.

How has your experience of studying this degree at the University of Leeds helped you in your career?

Whilst studying I was a Royal Television Society Bursary recipient, which gave me financial support and industry mentorship. Through the RTS, I secured work experience with BBC Studios Factual after graduating, and now work at factual TV production company Wise Owl Films. The research, video-editing, and story-finding skills I learnt during my degree have all been useful in my role.

What advice would you give to someone considering studying the degree you graduated in?

Get plenty of work experience whilst you’re at university and build up a portfolio of work besides your degree coursework. It will hone your journalism skills and make getting a job after graduation much easier.