For future journalists: News Academy conference

After a two-month silence, it’s time to catch up and share some of the interesting developments around me.

For starters, I attended the News Academy Scotland conference earlier this week, which was organized by Scottish Sun and hosted pupils from secondary school, university students, educators, and esteemed journalists. The event aimed to help students begin their career in journalism.

Photo by News Academy,

If began with a high-profile keynote speech: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Our MLitt programme in digital journalism stole the spotlight when student Lori Delaney won the prize for best question towards Sturgeon during the Q&A.

For the remainder of the event, we were treated to a high-profile line-up of journalists and editors, who spoke about the industry, their jobs, and how to get a break into journalism.

Among them were Alan Muir, editor of the Scottish Sun, Jason Allardyce, editor of the Sunday Times (Scotland), Sam Poling, award-winning investigative journalist for BBC Scotland, Martin Geissler, foreign correspondent for ITV News, Bev Lyons, freelance showbiz journalist and Strathclyde graduate and The Times features writer Gabriella Bennett.