UPDATED: James Tennant challenges students to achieve their goals

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Alumnus James Tennant overcomes his stammer and talks to a packed lecture theatre at Leeds Trinity Journalism Week 

By Oliver Lines

A Leeds Trinity University graduate spoke about the challenges of overcoming his stammer to deliver a talk at Journalism Week.

James Tennant, who works at digital marketing company Take That Ltd, encouraged students to set targets and achieve them, whether personal or professional.

“You only get one shot in life, so make the most of it because you are going to have obstacles that you need to overcome,” he said.

“One phrase that has always stuck with me is ‘you wouldn’t ask someone with a broken leg to walk upstairs, so why are you asking a stammerer to speak?’

“I will always have a stammer but it’s up to me how I control it.”

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LIVE: Brexit could threaten British farming, says Sky correspondent

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By Elle Rigby

Having an edge is important to breaking into the industry, says a leading Sky News reporter.

Gerard Tubb  has worked as Sky News’ North of England correspondent for 22 years, during which time he has covered the Shannon Matthews kidnapping and the Richard Hammond crash in Leeds.

But Gerard’s route into the media wasn’t the most direct – he began by presenting a farming programme on Radio York.

“My edge was that I was so uncool – I milked cows,” he said. “When I walked into the door of Radio York, I didn’t sound like a farmer. I was from Surrey – I sounded relatively intelligent – half of radio York listeners liked sheep and the other half liked farming.”

Gerard’s background in farming has impacted on his view on the recent Brexit vote. [Read more…]

LIVE: Knowing what’s cool the key to success, says leading YouTuber

Hollie Brooks of WeTheUnicorns.com giving a talk at Leeds Trinity University for Journalism Week

Hollie Brooks of WeTheUnicorns.com giving a talk at Leeds Trinity University for Journalism Week

By Sean Gannon 

An editor who runs a website that deals in the YouTube phenomenon told aspiring journalists the value of knowing what young people think.

Hollie Brooks, senior editor at WeTheUnicorns.com, said journalists needed to know what young people want, because brands and businesses, want to know what is going to be cool.

“Nothing is more valuable than knowing stuff people above 25 don’t understand,” she said.

“Youth culture moves so, so, fast. Knowing what’s cool is such a big advantage in journalism.”

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UPDATED: Charlie Hebdo attack shows importance of making fun of authority, says Star scribbler

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By Kelly-Ann Woodward

Being a satirical cartoonist has become a dangerous profession alongside being a journalist, according to a leading cartoonist.

James Whitworth, a daily cartoonist from the Sheffield Star, told students at Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism Week just how dangerous being an artist can be. There have been many circumstances where this has become apparent.

The terrorism attack on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 was primarily because of the controversial satirical content that was published about Mohammed.

James said: “Being a cartoonist becomes a dangerous profession when you are offending someone. Figures in authority hate cartoonists for this reason.”

The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo was a moment that was sad and unfunny – like any terrorist attack is – but being a daily cartoonist means that you have to draw a satirical cartoon on events like these.

James states this as a great problem with being a cartoonist, especially a daily one. [Read more…]

UPDATED: News journalist Danielle Whitfield’s first job spans murders and celebrity tales

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Graduate Danielle Whitfield showcases some of the stories she has covered for national publications

By Anna Riley

Celebrity penis sizes, bestiality, kidnapping and murders are among the variety of stories covered daily by a news agency journalist.

Danielle Whitfield, a Leeds Trinity University alumna, was yet to graduate when she started working at North News and Pictures, a Newcastle-based press agency.

The reporter juggled studying with a full-time job and her success shows how personality and attitude are some of the most important skills to have as a journalist, rather than academic achievement.

Danielle said: “I didn’t do very well in my A-Levels, so I was so pleased that I got in to university to study Journalism and English.

“In my third year I never thought I would get the job at North News, but they took a chance on me.

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LIVE: Trinity graduate beats stammer to speak at Journalism Week

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By Oliver Lines

James Tennant stunned the Journalism Week audience by doing something he never thought he could do: talk in front of a large audience.

Leeds Trinity alumnus James was determined to conquer his fear of public speaking and overcome his stammer, and shared that journey on ITV programme This Time Next Year, hosted by Davina McCall, earlier this month.

James is now social media coordinator at Take That Ltd, a digital company based in Leeds, having graduated from the sports journalism course in 2012.

He said: “I’m not here to tell you about my experiences in sports journalism. I’m here to tell you a story about a boy with dreams and aspirations.”

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LIVE: Cartoons hold politicians to account, says journalist

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Sheffield Star cartoonist James Whitworth

By Jack Goodman

The MPs expenses scandal was ‘like Christmas’ for cartoonists, James Whitworth told journalism students.

The prominent cartoonist said the history of cartoon satire and a historical lack of censorship in cartoons dating back to medieval times had given the art social importance.

The 2009 political scandal revealed some MPs were wrongly claiming expenses for personal goods. James said: “Every single day when you thought ‘I can’t possibly draw another cartoon’, someone had claimed for a moat!”

He showed an example cartoon which said: “I went into politics to make my living room a better place.”

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