Student Success Story - Laura Alderman

We spoke to 2018 UWS alumni student Laura Alderman on what she's been upto since leaving the university.

“After leaving UWS with a PG Dip in Broadcast Journalism I got my first job working as an Assistant News Editor at ITV News in London. The staff at UWS gave me not only the practical skills I needed, but the confidence to see myself as a journalist and not a student anymore.

Working at ITV was quite a big step up from the unpaid work experience placements I had been doing whilst studying – but it was an incredibly rewarding and fascinating experience being on the pulse of national news every day.

The shifts were long, from 6am until 7pm, and the pressures of the day were relentless. But when you saw your name on screen after ITV News at Ten – it was all worth it.

I also freelanced as a News Reporter for Global Radio in Glasgow during this time at ITV which allowed me to split my time between London and Glasgow. After 8 months of freelancing, I was approached by STV News about a Reporter position in Aberdeen, which I leapt at!

I had grown up watching STV News, and always dreamt of being a roving reporter - covering all sorts of weird and wonderful stories across the country.

I was quickly trained in camera operation, news report packaging, editing using AVID and live reporting – something I had a base knowledge in from UWS, but really got to craft and work on under the supervision of veteran Scottish journalists at STV.

After working at the STV Aberdeen office for just under 1 year, I moved down to the Edinburgh newsroom to be closer to my friends and family.

Every day is different – whether it’s surfing with an OAP in Lossiemouth, partying at Perth Pride with Sir Ian McKellen, or grilling political party leaders, sometimes I can’t believe I get paid to do what I do.

I still have a lot to learn, but I never would have imagined just 1 year after graduating from UWS that I’d be in my dream job in my home town.”

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