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Lauren Brownlie, HND Practical Journalism

Lauren Brownlie, from Pollok, graduated from Glasgow Clyde College in 2016 with an HND in Practical Journalism and three awards under her belt.  She’s now a junior reporter at Newsquest’s Clydebank Post.

After graduating with an HND in Administration from the College, Lauren quickly realised she was keen to get involved in investigative journalism.

“Since I was wee, I wanted to be a news presenter on TV. I had no idea what the career path was to get there, but when I left college, I became interested in journalism, and had always enjoyed talking to people and writing.

“I had a great experience the first time round during my administration qualification at Glasgow Clyde College. The lecturers were brilliant, and I was familiar with the Cardonald campus, so, I decided to apply for the HND in Practical Journalism”

Lauren took to the course very quickly, and her enthusiasm and skill was recognised with three accolades; two certificates of outstanding achievement for excellence in journalism and personal achievement, and one for best student journalist.

“Our second-year graded unit was to create a magazine. I was deputy editor, and as a group we covered all aspects of production, which ranged from finding local news stories and selling advertising to layout and design and working out distribution logistics.

“It was an excellent experience and the practical aspect of the course was the best part. We all had a lot of opportunity to go on work placements and experience the real working world of journalism.”

Lauren applied for a third year place on Glasgow Caledonian University’s Media Studies course, a process supported through Glasgow Clyde College’s articulation links, at the same time as applying for a job at the Clydebank Post.

 “I was accepted onto the course at university and offered the role of junior reporter, but I really wanted to get stuck right into the world of work, and I’m so glad I chose to join the team at the Post. I’ve had a lot of training through Newsquest, and I am now going to court to do court reporting on my own, as well as attending council meetings.

“Studying at Glasgow Clyde College prepared me for the responsibility that comes with being a reporter. The experience and guidance I received at the College helped grow my confidence, and I’m thoroughly enjoying being a journalist. Maybe I will end up as a broadcast journalist on the news after all!”