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Emma Volney

Journalism BA (Hons)
Emma Volney

'I will always cherish my time at City - studying there changed my life and is no doubt the best thing that's ever happened to me.'

Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?

The range of stories and interviewees in London are unmatched - it's amazing how much diversity this place affords. City further attracts the best visiting lecturers, with many still working part-time jobs at the likes of ITN and Reuters. There is also the opportunity to study abroad for one semester.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

There are a lot of overseas students in the journalism department - so my mind has in many ways been opened by their varying perspectives. We never run out of conversation, that's for sure. Failure also doesn't have such a stigma at City - the emphasis is on learning and trying again.

What has been your favourite module and why?

'Reporting Conflict' was great, our lecturers have all reported on armed conflicts and you can really sense their passion for the subject. I don't think many other universities offer such an awe-inspiring module.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?

Being asked to help cover the General Election for Sky News was an unreal experience. I wouldn't have got the chance had it not been for City and the careers team. Another highlight was when Julian Worricker of BBC News came in and gave us all a masterclass on how to present for TV and radio.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I'd like to work in broadcast news as a producer of some kind. We all had to take a language class in the first year, so I could always go and work at a French or Spanish network if I wanted to. It's nice to have the option.